Haleakala National Park

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Of Volcanoes and the Sea -- Of Valleys and Cascades

Haleakala National Park was established on the island of Maui to preserve the outstanding features of Haleakala Crater. Later additions to the park gave protection to the unique and fragile ecosystems and rare biotic species of the Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along `Ohe`o Gulch, and the coast.

And so, stretching from the summit of Mt. Haleakala eastward to the southeast coast, the park joins these two special areas -- Haleakala Creater near the summit and the Kipahulu coastal area. No roads connect the two, though each can be reached by road from Kahului. In fact, to help keep the park as undisturbed as possible, so that the visitor may find here a natural environment, roads lead only to the threshold of this inspiring wilderness.

Cross this threshold and step into the constrasting beauty of Haleakala National Park. Learn here of the Earth and of those mysteries beneath and above its surface -- of cool and silent volcanic rocks, of cascading streams and quiet pools, and of dazzling silver plants and flashing scarlet birds.

When to Visit

Weather near the summit varies considerably; summers are generally dry and moderately warm, but you should come prepared for occassional cold, windy, damp weather. Winters tend to be cold, wet, foggy and windy. Generally in the spring and fall there is a mixture of all kinds of weather.

Weather along the Kipahulu coast is subtropical. Light showers can occur any day.

Call the park at (808) 572-7749 for current weather conditions before beginning your trip to the park.

Where to Find Information

Park Headquarters is 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the entrance to the park. Here park personnel furnish general information, permits and publications.

Haleakala Visitor Center about 17.5 kilometers (11 miles) from the park entrance, is near the summit of Mt. Haleakala. Besides a magnificent view of the crater, there are exhibits explaining the geology, archeology, and ecology of the park as well as the wilderness protection programs. Periodically during the day, a park ranger is on duty to answer specific questions and to give interpretive talks.

Overlooks with orientation panels and exhibits are located at Leleiwi, Kalahaku, and Puu Ulaula along the park road between park headquarters and the summit. The rare silversword plant can be seen at Kalahaku, and if cloud conditions are right, the "Spector of the Brocken" can be seen at Leleiwi.

How to Reach the Park

Haleakala National Park extends from the 3,055 meter (10,023 foot) summit of Mt. Haleakala down the southeast flank to the Kipahula coast near Hana. These two sections of the park are not directly connected by road, but each can be reached by automobile from Kahului as follows:

Haleakala crater is a 3-hour round trip drive from Kahului via Hawaii 37, 377 and 378.

The Oheo section (Kipahulu District) of the park is at the east end of Maui between Hana and Kipahulu. It can be reached by driving from central Maui, a distance of about 97 kilometers (60 miles) -- 137 to 145 kilometers (85 to 90 miles) from Kihei, Lahaina or Kaanapali -- on Hawaii 36, an extremely winding road on the north (wet) side of the island. Driving time is about three to four hours each way.

An extension of this road, Hawaii 31, goes around the south (dry) side of the island. It is only partially paved and can be hazardous or closed during periods of stormy weather. Most car rental agencies prohibit the use of their vehicles on this road.

Addresses and Contacts:

Haleakala National Park
Box 369
Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
(808) 572-9306

For information on Resource Management contact Ron Nagata at park headquarters.

For information on Haleakala NBS Research Station see National Biological Service

More information on the National Park Service

Text taken from the Haleakala National Park brochure (GPO:1989)