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. 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.
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.
Sights to See
Relax and enjoy your time among vibrant, lush vegetation and overlooks offering views of the breathtaking coastline. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, seabirds and humpback whales (December through April). Take time to spot freshwater stream inhabitants including shrimp and rock-climbing goby.
Be prepared for hot, humid weather year round. The weather can change rapidy; bring sun and rain protection. Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes on all trails. All trails are unpaved. Pets are not permitted on any trails.
Take a hike up this 4-mile (round trip) trail that winds through a freshwater stream and diverse forest areas with views of waterfalls and other natural features. This trail is moderately strenuous with an 800-foot elevation change each way.
Pīpīwai Trail Guided Ranger Hike
The guided Pīpīwai Trail hike will now be on a reservation basis offered on Sundays at 10:00 am. Hikes cannot be booked until 9:00 am, one week prior to the hike. To reserve, please call 808-248-7375.
Kūloa Point Trail
This 1/2-mile (round trip) trail leaves the Kīpahulu Visitor Center and continues past a Hawaiian cultural demonstration area to the Kūloa Point at the mouth of 'Ohe'o Gulch. This trail is easy with an 80-foot elevation change each way.
This 1/2-mile trail extends from Kūloa Point to the Kīpahulu Campground passing by archaeological sites and gorgeous ocean views.
This area offers one drive-up campground. Campers are advised that Kīpahulu is wet, remote, and far from most amenities. Come prepared: bring water, food, and a tent. There is a water-refilling station at the visitor center, and shared grills, picnic tables, and pit-toilets are provided. Permits are not required, but campers must pay the park entry fee. Camping is limited to 3 nights in any 30-day period.Read more>>
Swimming is not recommended in the Kīpahulu District of the park. Water quality varies and violent flash floods or rock falls can occur in the stream at any time. Injuries and deaths have occurred. Visitors should always comply with signs, heed the guidance of park staff, and stay out of closed areas. It can take an ambulance up to 45 minutes to arrive at Kīpahulu from the nearest town. You are responsible for your own safety.
Learn steps you can take in protecting yourself, and protecting our reefs!
-Explore our Schedule of Events to find out what guided hikes, talks, and cultural demonstrations are planned.
Haleakalā National Park is a changing landscape with inherent and unpredictable natural hazards. This landscape is subject to constant change from natural forces including erosion, weather, earthquakes, and currents. The National Park Service has limited ability to monitor and no ability to control these forces. Obey all posted warnings and staff guidelines.
Be aware of the following hazards:
Trails and pools:
In the event of an injury, medical assistance can take up to one hour to arrive from the nearest towns.
Last updated: December 6, 2018