Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Quick Facts

Haleakala National Park

Hawaii

(808) 572-4400

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Overview

The Park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala on the island of Maui and protects the unique and fragile ecosystems of Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along Oheo Gulch, and many rare and endangered species. Haleakala, originally part of Hawaii National Park, was redesignated as a separate entity in July 1961. Haleakala National Park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. Of its 30,183 acres, 24,719 acres are designated wilderness.

Map of Haleakala

Latitude, Longitude: 20.709073, -156.148517

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Activities

  • Camping

    For those who need an overnight escape without a backpack trip, the park offers two car accessible campgrounds: Kipahulu and Hosmer Grove. Kipahulu campground is near sea level on the wet, east-side of the island in the Kipahulu area of the park, which is reached via the Hana Highway. Hosmer Grove is on the way to the summit, high on the windy slopes of Haleakala. There are two primitive wilderness campsites, at Paliku and Holua, which are accessible only by trail. Permits are required for overnight camping at these sites. Camping permits are free, require a 10-minute orientation, and can be obtained at the Headquarters Visitor Center on the day you begin your trip (6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).

  • Hiking

    Miles and miles of trails stretch out before the adventurous hiker. Choices range from minutes to days, and ecosystems range from arid to lush. If you come well-prepared for an overnight backpack trip you will not be disappointed - this is an area unlike any other. The Wilderness Area of Haleakala can be accessed by two mountaintop trailheads: Halemauu Trailhead at 8000 feet (2438m), and Keoneheehee (or Sliding Sands) near the summit at 9740 feet (2969m). Both trails merge eventually and lead down the southeast side of the volcano to the relatively barren and unpopulated coast in the Kaupo district.

  • Horseback Riding

    A group size limit of 12 applies to all camping, hiking, and horseback uses and to all backcountry wilderness area uses. An exception to this limit applies to National Park Service sponsored/organized/led hikes. The latter will not exceed 25 plus guide(s) without the Superintendent's permission. Additionally, the Superintendent may occasionally grant exceptions when a group may be accommodated without undue impacts on Park resources and values. Please call 808-572-4400 for more information

  • Picnicking

    Public picnicking is permitted anywhere in the Park where visitors may lawfully travel. Picnicking may not occur within any NPS residential, maintenance, service, or utility area unless the picnic is sponsored by and attended by an NPS employee or family member. The park recommends picnicking in designated picnic areas near Park Headquarters, at Hosmer Campground, and the Kïpahulu Visitor Center. Use of these areas helps confine problems associated with alien predator animal and insect species that follow food sources and damage native ecosystems.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is possible in the Kipahulu Area (coastal) of the park - but only when conditions allow. The freshwater pools at Oheo Gulch are prone to very dangerous flash floods, and injuries and deaths have occurred.

Seasonality/Weather

Haleakala National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during severe weather closures. The park is open 24 hours a day. Park Headquarters Visitor Center (7000 ft/2134 m) - 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Haleakala Visitor Center (9740 ft/2969 m) - 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kipahulu Visitor Center (sea level) - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In any given day the temperatures in the park can range from a high of 80°F (27°C) in Kipahulu to a low of 30°F (-1°C) at the summit. In either area clouds and rain can quickly replace warm sunshine. Weather in the high-elevation areas of the park is highly unpredictable and changes often. Cool temperatures, intense solar radiation, and rapidly moving clouds are characteristic. On average, the temperature drops about 3°F for every 1,000 foot rise in elevation (or approximately 5°C for every 1,000 meter elevation rise), making the 10,023 foot (3055m) summit of Haleakala about 30°F (or 17°C) cooler than the coast. Year-round summit temperatures range between below freezing to highs of 50°-65°F (10-18°C). The outside temperatures can feel much colder because of wind chill and damp, overcast conditions.

Park Partners

Hawaii Pacific Parks Association

Formerly the Hawaii Natural History Association, the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) is a nonprofit cooperating association working in partnership with the National Park Service in Hawaiʻi and American Samoa. HPPA publishes and distributes educational books, guides and other materials, funds visitor center exhibits and park libraries, provides information assistance, sponsors free cultural demonstrations and festivals, and helps support conservation efforts such as the endangered nn recovery and hawksbill sea turtle projects. Since its creation in 1933, the association has contributed over $12 million in direct aid and other support to the parks.

(808) 985-6051

Directions

Driving

Plane - The main airport is in Kahului, in central Maui. Major airlines fly from the U.S. mainland and inter-island flights are common between the main Hawaiian islands.


Car - Haleakala National Park extends from the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakala down the southeast flank of the mountain to the Kipahulu coast near Hana. These two sections of the Park are not directly connected by road, but both can be reached from Kahului. The Summit area of Haleakala is a three hour round trip drive from Kahului via roads 37, 377, and 378. Follow the signs posted along the Highway. The Kipahulu area of the Park is at the east end of Maui between Hana and Kaupo. It can be reached via Highway 36, a curvy, often wet road. Kipahulu is about 90 miles from the resort areas of Wailea or Kaanapali, and 60 miles from central Maui. Driving time is about 3-4 hours each way. An extension of this road, Highway 31, goes around the dry side of the island, past Kaupo and on to Ulupalakua. It is only partially paved and can be h

Phone Numbers

Primary

(808) 572-4400

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