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.
Haleakala Visitor Center 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 20 through June 6. Visitors and tour operators may experience delays. More »
Group Service Projects
How Can Your Group Help?
MAINTENANCE: Assists with frontcountry and backcountry cabin/campground maintenance, painting, litter pickup, sanitation, construction, trail maintenance, and maintaining equipment in park stables.
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Assists with various resource management projects such as planting native species (during rainy season only), removal of alien plants; inspection, and maintenance and repair of feral animal control fences. Many projects are located in remote areas of Haleakala requiring extended periods living in the backcountry under primitive conditions and may involve hiking over steep, rocky terrain. Some specialized projects require background in biology, botany or wildife biology.
What About Internships and Outdoor Education?
Haleakala does not have a formal internship program. Dependent upon the needs of the individual, we are sometimes able to match internship needs with a particular project that we need volunteers for. Due to constraints of park staff and supervision, we are not able to create projects that meet internship needs. If a volunteer project meets the internship requirements, the minimum internship period is 10 weeks. Haleakalā does have an environmental education program that helps to provide hands-on outdoor experiences for those groups scheduling their trips at least one month ahead of time. Call the Environmental Education Coordinator at (808) 572-4453 for more details.
What About Housing or Stipend?
There is no housing or stipends available to support your group. You must depend on your own financial resources. There are front-country and back-country campgrounds available for up to twelve (12) people on a limited basis (2 to 3 nights depending on location). The closest community with housing is 10 miles away, and rents are high. Campground spaces available for VIP groups are limited to 3 nights per month. If your group would like to book cabins or campgrounds for recreational use only, call any day of the week between 1-3 pm Hawaii time (808) 572-4400, press "0."
Funds for stipend and/or housing are sometimes available for volunteer groups that are willing to commit to full-time work for 3 or more months. If housing is furnished, the VIPs will have a private bedroom in a coed facility with shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom. There is no housing for positions located in the Kipahulu District of the park.
How About Transportation?
No transportation is provided to or from Maui. The park is 17 miles from the nearest town. Volunteer groups must provide their own transportation to and from the park. The beaches are 35 miles away, and there is no public transportation on Maui from beach areas to the park. There is public transportation from Kahului to Kihei to Lahaina.
Volunteer groups must be self-supervising. Where available, we will appoint one National Park Service volunteer leader to outline the work at hand, lead groups to the work site, and provide the necessary tools to accomplish the task. We ask that you coordinate your own meals, and bring personal gear (backpacks, clothing, sleeping bags, etc.). If there are children or young adults, you must adequately supervise them and obtain parental approval. This includes the following: elementary school age children one chaperone per five (5) children; for junior high-school age children one chaperone per eight (8) children; and for high-school age young adults one chaperone per ten (10) young adults.Some field service trips require hiking over rough terrain, near steep cliffs, in inclement weather conditions and that you must not be afraid of heights. People with respiratory or heart conditions should obtain approval from their physician prior to volunteering in the summit area of the park as all work is at high altitude.
Sound Great! How Do I Apply?
Please e-mail the Volunteer Manager (email@example.com) the information below, preferably three months in advance. Your request will be reviewed and responded to within ten (10) working days. Also please be advised that we receive hundreds of requests and that staff time to host events and service projects is extremely limited. While we make every attempt to support as many projects as possible, we may not be able to accommodate every request. In some cases, your dates may need to be flexible so that we can provide you with the very best support for your project.
Please include the following in your request:
Name of Group:
Point of Contact (including e-mail and phone number):
Location Request (within the Park):
Work Type Request:
If you are selected…
… you will be contacted. In addition, you will be asked to complete and submit the documents below to the volunteer coordinator at various points in your volunteer experience.
Volunteer Services Agreement (3 pages, Group Leader fills out and signs pages 1-2 and group members sign page 3)
Timesheet (For Groups Only)
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.