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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 NP marks 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

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Date: August 30, 2014

September 3, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This legislation gave public lands their highest level of protection, where natural processes are to be protected forever and left unchanged for future generations.

Many national parks and other public lands have visitor centers, campgrounds, or other types of development for visitors’ use and enjoyment. The Wilderness Act ensured that there would always be areas of undeveloped public lands set aside to protect watersheds, diverse ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity.

Today, over 106 million acres of federal lands are Wilderness; 44 million acres are in national parks. One champion of the Wilderness Act was Laurance Rockefeller, who was instrumental in local efforts to preserve the Kīpahulu District as part of Haleakalā National Park.

Over 80% of Haleakalā is Wilderness and provides critical habitat for endangered species like the Kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill), a species of sandalwood, and 6 species of geranium that are found only in the park.

Superintendent Natalie Gates noted: “Unlike the nēnē or silversword, which can be observed near developed areas of the park, some of these rare species are hard to see. All of these species are important nonetheless and depend on the Wilderness of Haleakalā for survival.”

She added: “In traditional Native Hawaiian context, there is no division between nature and culture. The concept of Wilderness as a place that must remain unspoiled is consistent with Native Hawaiian reverence for the aina.”

Special programs and activities will be held during the first week of September at all Haleakalā NP visitor centers to commemorate the Wilderness Act. For more information about Wilderness, please go to http://wilderness.nps.gov/faqnew.cfm. For information about Haleakalā NP, visit nps.gov/hale.

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.