Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Camping at Haleakala

Accessing Haleakalā's wilderness campsites and cabins require negotiating strenuous trails at high elevation, but are definitely worth the challenge. No food, gasoline, supplies, showers or electricity are available in the Park. Limited non-potable water is available and must be filtered before drinking. 

The two primitive wilderness campsites at Palikū and Hōlua require free permits for overnight camping and are available at any Visitor Center. You must attend a 10-minute orientation. Campsite space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the general public. Special accommodation is made for educational and boy scout groups, which may reserve space up to six months in advance. There are also two drive-up campgrounds in Hosmer Grove and Kīpahulu areas of the park. -

Three wilderness cabins are also maintained by the NPS for visitor use by advanced reservation lottery. All cabins have pit toilets, and are equipped with a wood-burning stove with limited firewood, two-burner propane stove, cooking utensils, dishes, and 12 padded bunks. During droughts, cookware will be removed and you must pack in all your water. An adult age 18 or older must accompany each group using a cabin.

Cabins are $75 per night for 1 to 12 people if reserved through the lottery or by phone more than three weeks in advance. These reservations can be changed or cancelled without penalty until three weeks before the reservation date. Last minute cabins are occasionally available. When reserved within three weeks of stay the reduced $60 fee is non-refundable and cannot be changed. To enter the reservation lottery, write to the park at least 90 days prior to your trip. Write to: Haleakalā National Park, Attention Cabins, P.O. Box 369, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768. For more information, call (808) 572-4400; or visit the website at www.nps.gov/hale.

Hōlua cabin and campsite lies at 6,940 feet in the shrubland near Koolau Gap, 3.7 miles down the Halemau'u Trail or 7.4 miles down Keoneheehee Trail. Visitors staying at Hōlua can enjoy day hikes into the central Wilderness Area. The landscape around Hōlua supports a native shrubland which colonizes the lava flows.

Kapalaoa cabin, 5.5 miles down the Keoneheehee or 7.3 miles from Halemau'u Trailhead, lies at 7,250 feet at the base of the cliffs on the south side of the valley. In the spring and summer months, the endangered 'ua'u (Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel) can occasionally be heard and seen near the high cliffs.

At 6,380 feet, Palikū cabin and campsites are at the east end of the wilderness valley at the base of a rain forest cliff. The sites are accessible via a strenuous 9.3-mile hike on Keoneheehee Trail, 10.1 miles on Halemau'u Trail, or 8.6 miles up the Kaupo Trail. Clouds and fog often roll over the top of the cliffs behind Palikū and rain is common. The extra moisture makes this spot exceptionally cool and lush.