• A view of the cinder desert


    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.

Stay on Trail

A single set of footprints in the colorful cinders encourages others to follow them and begins a cascading effect of damage that may last a decade, potentially destroying the habitat of a number of endangered species and altering a landscape considered sacred to many Native Hawaiians.

You can help us protect these valuable resources by walking only on designated trails and by helping us to get the message out to other visitors – STAY ON TRAIL!

For more information about preserving these unique resources select here.

Looking back towards Keonehe'ehe'e (Sliding Sands Trail)
Keonehe'ehe'e (Sliding Sands) Trail near Kapalaoa Cabin 
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Haleakalā National Park was established in 1916 as part of Hawaiʻi National Park - within one week of the creation of the National Park Service.