Re: Got to get away.
Wow this is a tough one! Usually most people rent a car that go camping in one of the islands. Oahu will be the most accessible by public transport but Maui would be my favorite place to camp if I had a car so I will focus on Oahu.
One place that comes to mind is the Sand Island State Recreation Area very near downtown Honolulu on Oahu. It is located just off the Nimitz Freeway on the Sand Island Access Area. The other site on Oahu that is Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park which is a more remote location just off the Kamehameha Highway. The cost of camping for one night is 18. I have provided the guide for how to get a camping permit and some information on four of the state parks in Hawaii. I have excluded any consideration of private campgrounds.
If you decide Oahu is too urban for you, here is a guide to camping on Maui that I have used. The sites at Haleakala National Park are awesome.
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