Water shortage at summit
The visitor center nearest the summit is very low on water. Please use the toilets at Headquarters Visitor Center near the park entrance if possible.
Drive cautiously - Endangered birds land on roadway
Nene (Hawaiian geese) and 'ua'u (Hawaiian petrels) 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.
Construction Traffic - May 20
On May 20, from 6:30am to 11:00am, construction trucks will be using the park road. The road will remain open to staff and visitors.
Summit District Parking Lot Rehabilitation In Progress
During construction, parking spaces at Haleakala Visitor Center (near the summit) will be reduced by at least 50%. Construction is scheduled for May 22 through June 6. Visitors and tour operators may experience delays. More »
*Updated February 21, 2013*
Wilderness Cabin Rules & Regulations
SAFETY: It is the Permittee's responsibility to ensure that the members of their group are appropriately equipped and properly prepared for hiking at altitude and in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, high winds), and can hike/backpack up to 10 miles one way to the reserved cabin(s).
Costs & Cancellations:
Early Reservations (> 3 weeks) $ 75.00 per night
Hōlua Cabin, the closest cabin, lies at 6,940 feet (2,115 meters) in the shrubland near Koʻolau Gap, 3.7 miles down the Halemauʻu Trail or 7.4 miles down Keoneheʻeheʻe Trail. Visitors staying at Hōlua can enjoy day hikes into the central Wilderness Area. The landscape around Hōlua supports a native shrubland which colonized the lava flows. There is also a campground at Hōlua.
Kapalaoa Cabin, 5.5 miles down the Keoneheʻeheʻe or 7.3 miles from Halemauʻu Trailhead, lies at the base of the cliffs on the south side of the valley. The view from Kapalaoa takes in brightly colored cinder cones, subalpine plants, and dramatic cliffs. In the spring and summer months, the endangered ʻuaʻu (Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel) can occasionally be heard and seen near the high cliffs. This cabin lies at 7,250 feet (2,210 meters). There is no campsite near Kapalaoa cabin.
Palikū Cabin, at 6,380 feet (1,945 meters), is at the east end of the wilderness valley at the base of a rain forest cliff. The cabin is reached via a strenuous 9.3-mile hike on Keoneheʻeheʻe Trail, 10.1 miles on Halemauʻu Trail, or 8.6 miles up the Kaupō Trail. Clouds and fog often roll over the top of the cliffs behind Palikū. The extra moisture makes this spot exceptionally cool and lush. There is also a campground at Palikū.
Visiting the Haleakalā Wilderness is a wonderful opportunity to see native Hawaiian wildlife. As Nēnē (Hawaiian goose) are often seen near the cabins, please enjoy watching them and other wildlife from a distance.
Did You Know?
If weather is favorable during your visit to the summit area of Haleakalā National Park you can see five other Hawaiian islands from the top of the mountain.