Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

Nature Conservancy Adds Land to Maui's Haleakala National Park

March 6, 2009, 11:55 am

The Nature Conservancy has donated 34 acres of land in east Maui to the National Park Service, which officials say will be used to create a "gateway" to the Kipahulu portion of Haleakala National Park.

The 34-acre parcel sits above the coastal highway on the Hana side of 'Ohe'o Gulch at Kipahulu. The land was bequeathed to The Nature Conservancy in 2005 from the Estate of Cordelia May.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Cordelia May and to The Nature Conservancy for the donation of this land," said Haleakala National Park Superintendent M. Sarah Creachbaum. "With it, we will be able to greatly improve access to the park. It will enable us to create an official gateway to Kipahulu and showcase the park's entrance."

Currently, there is no formal entrance to the Kipahulu portion of the park. Visitors arriving along the Hana Highway round the bend at ‘Ohe‘o Gulch and suddenly find they are in the park.