• A view of the cinder desert

    Haleakalā

    National Park Hawai'i

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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.

Places To Go

 
Colorful cinder cones dominate the summit area landscape.

Cinder cones are one feature you can experience in the Summit Area of the park.

Matt Wordeman, NPS Volunteer

Summit Area (Mountain)
Visit the summit to experience volcanic landscapes, high-elevation ecosystems, and unparalleled skywatching. Spend a few hours driving to the highest point on Maui to take in the sights, enjoy a dayhike through native Hawaiian ecosytems, or join a Park Ranger for a talk or demonstration.
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Lush greenery surrounds the freshwater pools and the stream that feeds them.

The pools of ‘Ohe‘o Gulch provide the centerpiece at the Kīpahulu Area of Haleakalā National Park.

NPS Photo

Kīpahulu Area (Coastal)
A visit to Kīpahulu is a chance to see how Hawaiians have interacted with the land for hundreds of years. The lush rainforest and cool freshwater stream and pools create a tropical setting for an afternoon of hiking, while the coastal views are just right for a photographer looking for a spectacular right shot.
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A hiker, loaded with gear, takes to a cinder trail, surrounded by silversword.

Heading into the Wilderness for a backpack trip on a clear, high-elevation morning.

NPS Photo

Wilderness Area (Mountain)
The Haleakalā Wilderness is a place to get away and experience nature on its own terms. Whether you choose a dayhike, or plan a three-night backpacking trip, your experience here will be unlike any other. Cinder cones tower overhead, tiny native plants nestle in the rocky landscape, native birds greet you at your campground, and the night sky will surely amaze you.
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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...