• A view of the cinder desert

    Haleakalā

    National Park Hawai'i

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  • 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.

Kipahulu

Waimoku Falls

400-foot Waimoku Falls

The Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park can be accessed by driving 12 miles past the town of Hāna, on the famous Hāna Highway that circumscribes the northeast coast of the island of Maui. This area of the coast has been inhabited by native people for hundreds of years and remains an integral part of a thriving culture. Visitors to the Kīpahulu District are treated to views of waterfalls, sweeping ocean vistas, and Hawaiian cultural experiences.

What to bring:
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
- Rain protection (rain gear, jacket, poncho)
- Mosquito repellent
- Food (no food for sale in the park)
- Water bottles (drinking water available at all visitor centers)
- Sturdy shoes (hiking boots or athletic shoes)

The nearest gas station is located in the town of Hāna.

 

Hiking

Pipiwai Trail

Be prepared for hot, humid weather year round. The weather can change rapidy - bring sun and rain protection. Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes on all trails. All trails are unpaved. Pets are not permitted on any trails.

Pīpīwai Trail
Take a hike up this 4-mile (round trip) trail that winds through a freshwater stream and diverse forest areas with views of waterfalls and other natural features. This trail is moderately strenuous with an 800-foot elevation change each way.

Kuloa Point Trail
This 1/2-mile (round trip) trail leaves the Kīpahulu Visitor Center and continues past a Hawaiian cultural demonstration area to the Kuloa Point at the mouth of 'Ohe'o Gulch. This trail is easy with an 80-foot elevation change each way.

Kahakai Trail
This 1/2-mile trail extends from Kuloa Point to the Kīpahulu Campground passing by archaeological sites and gorgeous ocean views.


Swimming

'Ohe'o Gulch

Swimming is possible in the Kīpahulu District of the park - but only when conditions allow. The freshwater pools at ʻOheʻo Gulch are prone to very dangerous flash floods caused by heavy rains high on the mountain. Injuries and deaths have occurred. Always check at the visitor center for current conditions before entering the water, obey all posted signs, and use your best judgement.

Diving and jumping are prohibited.
Do not bring glass into the 'Ohe'o Gulch area.
Due to rough conditions, there is no safe ocean entry in Kīpahulu.


Sights to See

Kuloa Point

Relax and enjoy your time among vibrant, lush vegetation and overlooks offering views of the breathtaking coastline. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, seabirds and humpback whales (Dec-April). Take time to spot freshwater stream inhabitants including shrimp and rock-climbing goby.


Guided Activities

Ranger-guided coconut frond weaving 2

-Explore our Schedule of Events to find out what guided hikes, talks, and cultural demonstrations are planned.
-View our list of commercial tour operators that provide horseback, hiking, and vehicle tours.
-Visit our Volunteers In Parks page for information on how you can donate your time.
-Check out what our park partner Kīpahulu 'Ohana is doing to promote Hawaiian traditions.


Drive-up Camping

Kipahulu Campground

This area offers one drive-up campground. Campers are advised that Kīpahulu is wet, remote, and far from most amenities. Come prepared - bring water, food, and a tent. There is no water available, but shared grills, picnic tables and pit-toilets are provided. Permits are not required, but campers must pay the $10 park entry fee. Camping is limited to 3 nights in any 30-day period.
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Safety

Haleakalā National Park is a changing landscape with inherent and unpredictable natural hazards. This landscape is subject to constant change from natural forces including erosion, weather, earthquakes, and currents. The National Park Service has limited ability to monitor and no ability to control these forces. Obey all posted warnings and staff guidelines. Be aware of the following hazards:

Trails and pools:
- Flash flooding (water can rise as fast as 4 feet in 10 minutes resulting in people washed out to sea and drowning)
- High water and flow
- Slippery rocks
- Rock falls (in gulches and below waterfalls)
- Fall hazards (from overlooks, ledges, jumping, and diving)
- Water quality (Leptospirosis, E. coli)

Ocean:
- Shore break
- Rip currents
- Rough surf
- Strong currents
- Sharks

In the event of an injury, medical assistance can take up to one hour to arrive from the nearest towns.

Did You Know?

These freshwater pools are fed by streams originating in the rainforest higher up the mountain, so the water flow changes daily.

The Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park is home to many freshwater pools that were created as the Pīpīwai, Palikea, and ʻOheʻo streams carried water down the mountain from the rainforest above. More...