• A view of the cinder desert

    Haleakalā

    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 Honeycreepers

The iiwi, one of the most conspicuous of the park's honeycreepers
The ʻIʻiwi, one of the most conspicuous of the park's honeycreepers
Photo by Paul Banko.
 

Hawaiʻi's renowned honeycreeper family of birds, all closely related, have evolved into strikingly different species. Likely their common ancestors were lone accidental arrivals to these isolated islands. Then, their offspring fitting into different physical habitat niches, favored those individuals whose physical variation gave them best survival ability. Now, though genetically related, the honeycreepers physical shapes are as varied as woodpeckers and parrots on the mainland. This ʻiʻiwi (above) is well adapted to extract nectar from lobeliad type flowers.

Protected by park managers from feral ungulates and predators, Haleakalā is one of the very few last sanctuaries for these unusual and very rare native Hawaiian birds.

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...