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 »
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?
The Wilderness Area of Haleakalā National Park was designated on October 20, 1976 with 19,270 acres. This protected Wilderness expanded to 24,719 acres in 2005.