• A view of the cinder desert


    National Park Hawai'i

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  • O`heo Stream and Pools Closed

    The O`heo stream, located along the Pipiwai Trail, remains closed due to high water and damaged stream monitoring equipment. Visitors are advised to abide by posted “stream closed” signs and the direction of park staff.

  • 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.

Traffic & Travel Tips

Safe driving tips:
All areas of Haleakalā National Park are remote, prone to extreme weather conditions, and are accessed via winding, sometimes steep, roads. Follow these tips to ensure a safe drive.

  • Obey the speed limit. It is your responsibility to know the speed limit of the zone you are in.
  • Obey all posted traffic signs and instructions from park staff.
  • If you have a line of vehicles behind you, pull over at the nearest designated pull out to let them pass.
  • Do not stop in the road to take pictures. Pull over at a designated pull out.
  • Pass only in passing zones. Do not cross double yellow lines. There are many blind curves on the road.
  • When driving in clouds, rain, or other low visibility conditions, use your low beam headlights.
  • During strong winds, drive with both hands on the steering wheel, watch for flying debris, and be careful when opening your car doors.
  • Watch for wildlife in the road. Honk your horn to encourage them off the road. Pass them if and when it is safe to do so.
  • In the Kīpahulu District, make sure to obey "blow horn" signs. Honk your horn and listen for the horns of others. Proceed slowly.
  • When descending the mountain, use a low gear. Consult your owner's manual for specific instructions. See below for examples.
This is an example of a simple downshift.
This is an example of low gear.
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How to downshift
Move the shifter to "M", then use the "+/-" for precision.
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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...