• A view of the cinder desert

    Haleakalā

    National Park Hawai'i

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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.

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?

Did You Know?

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many of the trails and structures in Haleakalā National Park in the mid-1930s.