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.
Information About the Volunteer Program
Who are Volunteers?
*Be virtual volunteers by working remotely or at home on special projects designed to suit your skills and talents
There are many opportunities that require a wide variety of talent and skills. Once selected, VIPs are given training to acquaint them with the specific tasks they will be asked to perform and to acquaint them with the park. Specific position descriptions are also available online.Working as a Volunteer
What should I expect? As a volunteer, the Federal Government will not pay you. You will have the benefit of working in a national park, and there will be other rewards as well. You will meet a variety of people with a variety of talents. You may develop new skills and gain experience that will enrich your life and assist you in present or new careers. Haleakala has minimal funding to defray costs for out-of-pocket expenses such as meals and travel to the park. Extremely limited park housing is only available for off-island volunteers who commit to volunteering full time for three months. The closest community with housing is 10 miles away, and rents are high. Campground spaces are not available for volunteers as space is limited and camping is limited to 3 nights per month. Some positions will require that you wear a uniform, which will be provided. Depending upon what volunteer opportunities you are interested in, you may work a few hours a week or month, seasonally or full-time. You may work during weekdays and/or weekends, during the day or at night. You and your supervisor will agree upon the amount of time before you start.
Did You Know?
If weather is favorable during your visit to the summit district of Haleakalā National Park you can see five other Hawaiian islands from the top of the mountain.