Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

In A Nutshell

Park Entrance

Haleakalā National Park extends from the Kīpahulu coastline, on the southeastern side of the volcano, up to its 10,023 foot (3,055 m) summit. The two sections of the park are not connected via roadway, however, both areas can be approached from Kahului. The summit is a three-hour drive round-trip from Kahului and can be reached via Highway 37 to 377 to 378. The Kīpahulu area can be reached from Kahului via Highway 36 to 360 to 31 and will take about three to four hours each way. Highway 31 continues around the dry side of the island toward Kaupō, however, the road is currently closed due to earthquake damage. It is not known when it will re-open.

The park is open 24 hours a day, year-round including holidays. For general park information, call (808) 572-4400 or stop at Park Headquarters Visitor Center, the Haleakalā Visitor Center or the Kīpahulu Visitor Center. Park information is also available on the website: www.nps.gov/hale.

Note: No food or gas is available in the park.

Entrance Fees

Your entrance permit is good for three consecutive days. This entrance fee is $10 per vehicle and $5 per hiker, bicyclist or motorcyclist over 16 and under 62. A Tri-Park Pass is available for $20 and allows entrance into Haleakalā , Hawai'i Volcanoes and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau for 12 months from date of purchase. The 12-month America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass ($80), is valid here and also for all national parks, national recreation areas, national wildlife refuges and all Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sites. An Access Pass (free to U.S. citizens or residents with permanent disabilities) or a lifetime Senior Pass ($10 one-time fee to U.S. citizens or residents age 62 or older) also permits entry into Haleakalā.

Visitor Centers

Park Headquarters Visitor Center is located one mile from the park entrance at 7,000 feet (2,134 m), and is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rest-rooms, a public telephone, a picnic area and a Hawai'i Natural History Association sales shop are located here. Permits for backcountry camping and cabins can be obtained from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Haleakalā Visitor Center is located near the summit of Haleakalā at 9,700 feet (2,957 m), 10 miles from the entrance off the park road. It is open year-round, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer, and 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the winter. There are interpretive exhibits on the nature, geology and culture of Haleakalā.

Kīpahulu Visitor Center, located off of Highway 31 on the Kīpahulu coast near the pools of 'Ohe'o, is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interpretive exhibits feature the nature and culture of the Kīpahulu area. There are restrooms, a public telephone, picnic tables and drive-in campgrounds available. Permits for backcountry camping can also be obtained here.

Special Services

Park trails are currently unpaved and are not suitable for wheelchair use.

Weather and Climate

Weather at the summit of Haleakalā is unpredictable. Temperatures can vary, 30—50°F, but the windchill factor can carry it below freezing at any time of year. Weather can change rapidly from intense sunlight, to thick clouds, to heavy rains and high winds reaching 25—100 miles per hour.

Kīpahulu weather is tropical with occasional light rain showers. Please heed safety signs and "no swimming" signs to familiarize yourself with local conditions that could indicate a flash flood. You are responsible for your own safety. For the weather forecast, call (808) 877-5111.

Sunrise and Sunset 

Sunrise and sunset at Haleakalā are both amazing events. Arrive at least a half-hour before each to watch the colors change. A flashlight will come in handy and warm clothing is a must! Sunrise can be seen from Leleiwi, Kalahaku and the summit overlooks, and from the Haleakalā Visitor Center. Good sunset locations include the Halemau'u Trail and the summit. 

Park Regulations

The park regulations are for your safety and enjoyment, as well as for the protection of Haleakalā National Park. Please take the time to become familiar with park guidelines that visitors receive at entrance stations, or that can be obtained them at the visitor centers.

Park Campgrounds

There are two campgrounds in the park that don't require permits: Hosmer Grove and Kīpahulu campground.