• A view of the cinder desert


    National Park Hawai'i

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  • 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.

  • 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.


Pools facing makai

Swimming is possible in the Kīpahulu Area (coastal) 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.

Pets are prohibited in the 'Ohe'o Gulch area.
Do not jump or dive into the pools.
Do not bring glass bottles or containers to the 'Ohe'o Gulch area.

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 conrol these forces. 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)

- 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?

Did You Know?

The three Wilderness Cabins at Haleakalā National Park, built of redwood in the 1930s by the CCC, are a popular lodging option for overnight hikers - but must be reserved in advance! More...