• A view of the cinder desert


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  • No Potable Water Available in Kipahulu

    Due to a leak in the main waterline in Kīpahulu there is no potable water in Kīpahulu for the foreseeable future. The leak was discovered on July 23, 2014 during routine inspections. Visitors should bring their own drinking water.

  • 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.

  • 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.

History & Culture

ko'olau gap
Ko`olau Gap
NPS Photo

Hanau ka po

Hanau Kumulipo i ka po, he kane

Hanau Po'ele i ka po, he wahine…

O kane ia Wai'ololi, o ka wahine ia Wai'olola

Hanau ka Manauea noho i kai

Kia'i ia e ke Kalo-manauea noho i uka…

O kalina a ka wai i ho'oulu ai

O ka huli ho'okawowo honua

O paia ['a] i ke auau ka manawa

O he'e au loloa ka po

O piha, o pihapiha…

"The night gave birth

Born was Kumulipo in the night, a male

Born was Po'ele in the night, a female…

Man for the narrow stream, woman for the broad stream

Born was the Manauea moss living in the sea

Guarded by the Manauea taro plant living on land…

Water that causes the withered vine to flourish

Causes the plant top to develop freely

Multiplying in the passing time

The long night slips along

Fruitful, very fruitful…"

-From the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian Creation Chant, translation by Martha Beckwith, 1951

Of the cultural resources we have inherited from the past, it is the knowledge, traditions, songs and stories shared by people of today that give life to the Haleakalā landscape. Native Hawaiians have lived on and malama (cared for) the land for over 1000 years. Important cultural places and sites are found within the Summit and Kīpahulu areas of Haleakalā National Park and are spoken of in numerous Hawaiian mele (songs/ chants) and legends.

For more information about the unique cultural resources of Haleakalā National Park please select from the menu on the left of the page.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

You pass through as many ecological zones on a two hour drive to the summit of Haleakalā as you would on a journey from Mexico to Canada.