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.
Construction Traffic - May 20
On May 20, from 6:30am to 11:00am, construction trucks will be using the park road. The road will remain open to staff and visitors.
Summit District 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 22 through June 6. Visitors and tour operators may experience delays. More »
From the dry subalpine shrubland to the humid rainforests of Kipahulu, Haleakala National Park contains a great diversity of unique plant communities, many of which are found only in Hawai'i.
Saw a cool native plant during your visit to Haleakala? Identify it using our plant ID flashcards! Each PDF file contains a series of plant flashcards for different areas of the park, with pictures, descriptions, and locations where you might see them.
Slow-growing native shrubs capture moisture on the upper slopes of Haleakala. The shrubland hosts ancient ohelo, pukiawe, and geraniums, with remnant pockets of shady 'ohia and sandalwood ('iliahi) groves.
The arid Aeolian desert of the crater's interior is home to hardy water-saving species like orange-berried coffee relative pilo, the branching Seusslike shrubs of kupaoa, and, of course, the hardy silversword.
The trail from Paliku through Kaupo Gap traverses a unique ecotone ranging from mesic koa forest to dry shrubland to alien coastal jungle.
The salt-washed shores of the Kipahulu District are home to unique natives adapted to salt spray, hot sun and lots of rain.
Invasive nonnative plants like fireweed, telegraph weed, and pine trees threaten to invade vulnerable native plant communities, destroying ancient plant assemblages and habitat for native birds. Park staff are actively managing these species to preserve pristine native eocsystems in the crater, frontcountry and the Kipahulu Valley Biological Reserve.
Did You Know?
When conditions permit, you can see across the channel to the island of Hawaiʻi while enjoying the coastal views in the Kīpahulu Area of Haleakalā National Park.