Kīpahulu District

A rocky trail winds winds through native vegetation along the coast.
A rocky trail winds through endemic naupaka along the coast.

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Ka ʻĀina O Ka Makani Kāʻili Aloha

Land of the love-snatching wind.


This area of the coast has been inhabited by native people for hundreds of years and remains an integral part of a thriving culture. Visitors to the Kīpahulu District are treated to views of waterfalls, sweeping ocean vistas, and Hawaiian cultural experiences.

The Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park can be accessed by driving 12 miles past the town of Hāna, on the famous Hāna Highway that circumscribes the northeast coast of the island of Maui.

 

Learn and Explore

A rainbow arcs out of the verdant Kīpahulu Valley as clouds descend from the top of the ridge.

There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to experience the wonders of Kīpahulu. You can take a hike! Observe the streams from the Pīpīwai trail and see if you can spot the freshwater shrimp and rock-blimbing goby.

Take a look at our calendar and join us for a ranger program. Rangers are available at the Visitor Center to answer questions, offer suggestions, and talk story.

Drive-up camping is available in Kīpahulu although it is often wet, remote, and far from most amenities. Be sure to learn more about current conditions and brush up on the rules and regulations before finalizing any plans.

Swimming is not recommended in the Kīpahulu District due to a number of safety concerns. While visiting the park, you are responsible for your own safety. It is important to obey all posted signs and heed all safety warnings.

 
The Waimoku Falls surrounded by lush green vegetation.
400-foot Waimoku Falls

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Know Before You Go:


The Kīpahulu District protects an intact ahupua'a, a traditional Native Hawaiian land division that protects all resources from sea to summit. The streams are home to endemic gobies and other fish species that evolved from ancient salt water ancestors. The following information will help you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

  • Dress for hot, humid, rainy weather.
  • Fill up your gas tank and bring food. Neither are available in the park.
  • Bring water, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and wear sturdy shoes.
  • Pay the entrance fee with a credit card.
  • Kīpahulu is remote. Emergency medical assistance is at least one hour away.
  • Leave natural resources and cultural artifacts, rocks, and structures alone.
  • Flash floods and sudden rock falls can occur at any time! Swimming and wading in the streams is not recommended. Always stay out of closed areas.
 

Last updated: November 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Haleakalā National Park
PO Box 369

Makawao , HI 96768

Phone:

808 572-4400

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