Yeah I'm a Marine stationed out here. My fam, buddies and I are going camping out at Peacock Flats this weekend (haven't been there yet), and I've been down to Bellows a ton. Just kinda seein if there's something I've missed besides the normal spots.
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This might be a little late for you to plan your New Years trip, but I've heard (from my local buddies) that I shouldn't go to Peacock Flats without a local friend. I've never been there, so I can't tell you exactly whether or not you should go. If I was gonna go camping, I'd stick to Bellows, but that's because I have a newborn and a wife who is still nursing. The other thing you could check out is the Pupukea area. There is an old Boy Scout camp up in the mountains...might be able to camp there if you contact the Boy Scouts of America. You can look their number up online...google "Boy Scouts Hawaii." You might also want to check out the "Hiker's Guide to Oahu." They have a lot of hiking/ camping on the island. Some longer hikes have camping along the way. The trail that comes to mind stretches from Laie to Wahiawa through the Ko'olau Mountain range. Supposed to be a 3 day trip with 2 stops to camp along the way (very primative). I'd love to hike that, but again...not conducive to babies...also, I'd feel bad leaving my wife at home all weekend without anybody to help with the baby while I go hiking and camping with the guys. Anyway, you should check out the book...I think I got it at Borders near Ward Center.
there is some place i went to with boy scouts that had a pretty sick trail and went up to huge overlook....i was told some of jurassic park was filmed there? think near kaneohe? i was only like ten at the time...cheers