Water shortage at summit
The visitor center nearest the summit is very low on water. Please use the toilets at Headquarters Visitor Center near the park entrance if possible.
Drive cautiously - Endangered birds land on roadway
Nene (Hawaiian geese) and 'ua'u (Hawaiian petrels) 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.
Haleakala Visitor Center Parking Lot Rehabilitation In Progress
During construction, parking spaces at Haleakala Visitor Center (near the summit) will be reduced by at least 50%. Construction is scheduled for May 20 through June 6. Visitors and tour operators may experience delays. More »
In contrast to the summit of Haleakalā the Kīpahulu area was a place of permanent habitation by a large number of Hawaiians. Traditional subsistence was based on farming and fishing, and settlements were located in areas best suited for these activities. The Kīpahulu area offered fertile soil and abundant water, as well as coastal access – all within a relatively small geographic area.
The richness of the Kīpahulu area resources likely supported a large population prior to European contact. Descriptions by early explorers and visitors, as well as archeological evidence, all describe Kīpahulu as a well populated and intensively cultivated land.
Today, traditional agricultural practices can be experienced in Kīpahulu at the Kapahu Living Farm, a non-profit organization that demonstrates Native Hawaiian culture though hands-on activities. Visit www.kipahulu.org for more information about the Kapahu Living Farm.
Did You Know?
You pass through as many ecological zones on a two hour drive to the summit Mt. Haleakalā as you would on a journey from Mexico to Canada.