• 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.

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?

Did You Know?

You pass through as many ecological zones on a two hour drive to the summit of Haleakalā as you would on a journey from Mexico to Canada.