Halfway there, the pave gives out and it’s 4WD-only territory. Ten acres nestled in the fog belt of the Kula Forest Reserve, it’s the borderland between Fern Gully and Narnia, from some sad Hawaiian dreamscape. Until recently, the trick to reserving the single cabin was to call the DLNR Division of State Parks a year in advance, but now reservations can more conveniently be made (for any state park) online at hawaiistateparks.org/camping ($60 per-night, residents / $90 non-resident). For as long as I can remember, my ‘ohana has annually mastered this staycation in the clouds; and over the years, Polipoli has championed a few other “bests,” too. Best Wild Plums on Trail; Best Place to Chop Firewood; Best Place to Eat Dad’s Famous Beef Stew; Best Redwoods; Best Wild Roses; Best Place to Crochet with Mom; Best Bed of Moss; Best Place to Watch Honeycreepers; Best Place to Get More Reading Done Than You Ever Thought Possible; Best Place to Shoot BB Guns with Your Brother; Best Place to Play Lord of the Rings; Best Shelter Cave, etc.
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