• 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.



The Haleakalā National Park museum collection documents the cultural and natural history of the park and exemplifies its physical resources. The collection is divided into three main categories: natural history, cultural resources and archives. The natural history collection is represented by biological specimens and geological samples. The herbarium includes native and non-native plants that have been collected from the park and East Maui. The entomological collection consists of mounted native and non-native insects collected within the island of Maui. The cultural resources collection is represented by archeological, historical and ethnographic objects and works of art. The archives consist mostly of documents and photographs about the history, development and management activities of the park. The archives have not been processed and finding aids (lists summarizing the contents) are currently unavailable.



Access to Collection:

The museum storage building and research room is located in the parkʻs Resources Management/ Maintenance area which is the first right turn after the Park Entrance Station. The collection is available for research and educational purposes; however, since preservation of the collection is of primary concern, access is regulated. Access to the collections may be denied if the requested use is determined not to be in the interest of the collection, Haleakalā National Park, or the National Park Service. Access to the collection is by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except on Federal holidays) and will be dependent upon an individualʻs needs and availability of staff. Call (808) 572-4476 for more information. If requesting access to the collection, please complete a museum research application form (87K PDF) and email it to the Chief of Resources Management (matt_brown@nps.gov) a minimum of one (1) week before you wish to visit.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

While native species once arrived every 30,000 years, today a new species hitchhikes to Hawaiʻi about once every 20 days. Many of these amazing travelers can be found in Haleakalā National Park.