• A view of the cinder desert


    National Park Hawai'i

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  • Drive cautiously - Endangered birds land on roadway

    Nēnē (Hawaiian geese) are nesting in the park and may land on or frequent park roads and parking lots. Drivers are reminded to drive at the posted speed limits and exercise caution.

  • For your safety

    The Summit and Kīpahulu Districts are remote. An ambulance can take up to 45 minutes to arrive at either district from the nearest town. People with respiratory or other medical conditions should also be aware that the summit of Haleakalā is at 10,000 ft.

For Kids

Backpack Haleakalā!

Backpack Haleakalā!

Families now have a free and fun way to explore Haleakalā National Park with Backpack Haleakalā! Click here to find out how you can start your adventure with the Backpack Haleakalā! program today.

Junior Ranger Badge

Junior Ranger and WebRanger Programs

Keiki (kids) have the opportunity to become a Haleakalā Junior Ranger and a WebRanger! To learn more about the programs, just click Be A Junior Ranger.


What's Happening?

Find out what park staff is doing to protect Haleakalā National Park through our newsletter. (pdf)


Fun Activities

Coloring Sheets

These fun coloring sheets allow kids to color in the native birds, insects, and fish that you find here at Haleakalā. To print out the sheets, please click the links.

Nene Coloring Sheet (pdf)

Honeycreeper Coloring Sheet (pdf)

Native Animals Coloring Sheet (pdf)

Insects Coloring Sheet (pdf)


The Hawaiian Alphabet

Did you know that Hawaiians did not have a written alphabet before western contact? They passed down their history from generation to generation through speech. When the missionaries arrived, they wanted to teach the Hawaiian people to read and write, so they had to develop an alphabet from the words they heard.

Click here to learn the Hawaiian alphabet.


Hawaiian Myths

How did the demigod Maui pull the Hawaiian Islands from the bottom of the ocean? Click here to find out.

Why did the demigod Maui make the sun slow its travel across the sky? Click here to find out.


Learning Resources

Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems

Did you know that Haleakalā National Park is home to plants and animals that are found no where else on Earth? Learn more about them in Nature & Science.

What kind of birds live in the park? Find out on our Bird Checklist. (pdf)

What kind of plants are at the Summit District? Find out on our Plant Checklist. (pdf)


How old is Mt. Haleakalā? How big is the mountain? When was the last eruption? Find out through the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Human Interactions

The area that Haleakalā National Park now encompasses has been a destination for many people since Polynesian's first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands more than a thousand years ago. Learn more about the people and the culture through History & Culture.

How many people visit Haleakalā National Park in a month? How about a year? Find out through our Public Use Numbers.

Hō'ike o Haleakalā Curriculum

Originally designed for use in high school classrooms, this comprehensive curriculum serves as a guide for learners from grade school to college. It is free to use and provides resources related to geology, native ecosytems, and management issues. Visit the Hō'ike o Haleakalā Curriculum website to begin your exploration.

Did You Know?

These freshwater pools are fed by streams originating in the rainforest higher up the mountain, so the water flow changes daily.

The Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park is home to many freshwater pools that were created as the Pīpīwai, Palikea, and ʻOheʻo streams carried water down the mountain from the rainforest above. More...