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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.

Halemauu Trailhead Parking Lot Closing for Accessability Improvements

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Date: June 13, 2013

The Halemau`u trailhead parking lot, located at 7990’ elevation in the Summit District
of Haleakalā National Park, will be completely closed to vehicles from Tuesday, June
18 through Tuesday, June 25 for accessibility improvements. Visitors must remove
their vehicles from the Halemau`u parking lot before Tuesday. Leleiwi Overlook will
reopen for parking on Tuesday, June 18.

During the Halemau`u parking lot closure, hikers, cabin users, and campers can be
dropped off or picked up at the hiker pullout near Halemau`u. There is an existing trail
from this pullout to the Halemau`u parking lot. A designated walkway will lead hikers
through the closed parking lot to the Halemau`u trail head.

Alternatively, back country visitors can park at the Supply Trail trailhead near
Hosmer’s Grove, at 7000’ elevation. The Supply Trail is a 2.2 mile long trail that
connects to the Halemau`u Trail. Another option is to park at the Haleakalā Visitor
Center, at 9740 feet, and use the Sliding Sands Trail to access the crater. Please call
808-572-4400 for help in planning your back country hike.

Accessibility improvement work in the summit area of Haleakalā is scheduled through
September 2013. Visitors and residents should expect continued heavy construction
traffic on Haleakalā Highway and Crater Road. For the latest updates please check

Did You Know?

You can experience hundreds of shades of green in the bamboo forest as well as enjoy the melodic tones produced in the breeze.

Bamboo is one of the non-native plants you will see when you hike the Pīpīwai Trail in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park. The extensive bamboo forest provides a unique array of sights and sounds along the trail. More...