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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.

Haleakalā National Park Offers Free Admission on August 25

1916 Haleakala NP Entrance sign. When first established as a national park on August 1, 1916, Haleakala NP was called "Hawaii NP, Haleakala Section."
1916 Haleakala NP Entrance sign. When first established as a national park on August 1, 1916, Haleakala NP was called "Hawaii NP, Haleakala Section."

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News Release Date: August 21, 2014

Haleakalā National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $10 on Monday, August 25.

"Haleakalā NP was established in 1916 to preserve unique natural and cultural resources. Some of these resources, like the Haleakalā `āhinahina (silversword), are found nowhere else on earth," said Superintendent Natalie Gates."We encourage residents and visitors alike to explore the park and discover these treasures."

1961 hale dedication

1961 Haleakala dedication as a separate NPS unit: Haleakala NP became a separate NP on July 1, 1961.

August 25 also kicks off the park's Nēnē Awareness Day Logo Contest, in which middle school students create a logo and slogan about why the endangered birds are special or what people can do to protect the birds. Entries will be accepted until September 18. Drawings will be on display at the park starting on Nēnē Awareness Day, September 26, and at the National Park Service booth at the Maui County Fair. Contest information can be found at www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/things2do.htm.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world's first national park. There were 37 national parks in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916. Last year, more than 785,000 park visitors enjoyed Haleakalā NP, added $47 million to the local economy, and supported 536 area jobs. The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Hawaii, go to www.nps.gov/HI.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Wilderness Area of Haleakalā National Park was designated on October 20, 1976 with 19,270 acres. This protected Wilderness expanded to 24,719 acres in 2005.