Haleakala National Park
Maui Tourist Attractions

Haleakala National Park is one of the most popular Maui tourist attractions. Posters, pictures and Haleakala park information. Haleakala Hawaii National Park volcano camping and lodging, plants.



Hawaii, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Elevation 9,324 Feet: the Kalahaku Overlook
Hawaii, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Elevation 9,324 Feet: the Kalahaku Overlook

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Hawaii National Park was established by Congress in 1916. Haleakala Park was a section of Hawaii National Park at that time. The 2 units were separated into Haleakala National and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1961.

Kipahulu Valley was authorized for inclusion into the park in 1951. Kaapahu lands were added in 1999. Nuu lands in 2009. Today, Haleakala Natl Park encompasses 30,058 acres of public land that range from 10,023 feet to sea level.

Haleakala National Park Weather

Haleakala National Park, snow frosted summit of Mount Haleakala.

Haleakala weather varies widely as the park includes 2 dramatically different climates. The snow-frosted summit is in the cold Alpine zone. Winds gusts of 30mph are not unusual. Bundle up if you plan to visit the crater area.

Less than 10 miles below the summit lies Kipahulu valley, a subtropical rainforest. You'll never need a coat here.

Meteorologically speaking, the 2 hour drive from Kihei to the summit is like driving from Mexico to Canada.

Ancient heiau in Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
Ancient heiau in Haleakala Park, Maui, Hawaii

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The 30,183 acres of Haleakala Park extend from the summit of Haleakala volcano to Oheo Gulch in Kipahulu Valley.

Oheo Stream Meeting Pacific Ocean (Seven Sacred Pools), Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Oheo Stream Meeting Pacific Ocean (Seven Sacred Pools), Haleakala Maui, Hawaii, USA

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This is where the popular Maui tourist attraction, the Seven Sacred Pools, is located.

You can drive into both these areas of the park but not via the same road. The Haleakala highway will take you to the crater area but you'll have to take the notorious Hana highway to visit the Kipahulu area.

Whichever road you choose to take, gas up before you enter the park. There is no gas or food available inside the park.

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Haleakala National Park

Mt. Haleakala Bicycle Rides, Hawaii
Mt. Haleakala Bicycle Rides, Hawaii

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Your Haleakala adventure can include any of the following:

  • Haleakala tour. A Haleakala sunrise van tour will transport you to the crater before dawn. After sunrise, a tour of the summit area will commence.

  • Haleakala Bike Tours are an exciting way to enjoy Mount Haleakala.

  • Haleakala ATV tours

  • Haleakala hiking in National Park

  • Hana Haleakala helicopter tours

  • Visit the Haleakala observatory


  • Haleakala National Park Camping & Lodging

    Haleakala National Park cabin with Hawaiian geese.

    That's Hawaii's state bird, the Nene goose

    There are 3 redwood wilderness cabins in the park. These lodgings were built in 1937, 1 year after the visitor center at the summit was erected.

    You can rent a cabin for the night but you must do so in advance. They are accessible only by trail (a 4-9 mile hike depending on which you reserve).

    The cabins have pit toilets and non-potable water which must be filtered before use.

    Each of these rustic accommodations features 12 padded bunks, a wood-burning stove with firewood, a propane stove, dishes and utensils.

    There is no electricity.

    Call (808) 572-4400 to reserve a cabin. The fee ranges from $60-75 per night, per cabin depending on how far in advance you reserve it.

    Haleakala Nation Park camping. Camping is a cheaper option for those who wish to spend the night in Haleakala National Park.

    There are 2 campsites at Paliku and Holua. You have to hike in to both. Camping permits are free but campers are required to attended a 10 minute orientation.

    Get your permit at the Headquarters visitor center on the day of your stay.

    Educational groups may reserve space up to 6 months in advance. Everyone else is accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

    Campsites have pit toilets and non-potable water.

    There are also 2 drive-up campsites at Kipahulu and Hosmer Grove. There are picnic tables, BBQ grills and pit toilets at both sites but only Hosmer Grove (7,000 ft) has water.

    Park Hours and Fees

    King Protea with Blue Sky, Maui, Hawaii, USA
    King Protea with Blue Sky, Maui, Hawaii, USA

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    Children 15 or under enter for free. Everyone else must purchase a recreational use pass upon entering the park. Fees are as follows:

  • $10 per private vehicle holding fewer than 14 persons.
  • $5 per motorcycle, bike, or pedestrian.
  • Passes are good for 3 days including the day of purchase.

    U.S. citizens 62 or older may obtain a lifetime pass for $10. This pass will admit the holder plus 3 adults into any Federal recreation site that charges an entrance fee.

    The same type of lifetime pass is offered to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are permanently disabled for free. Proof of disability in the form of a document issued by a licensed doctor or government agency is required.

    The park is always open except when it is closed due to inclement weather. The Haleakala visitor center at the summit is open from 5:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. the Park Headquarters visitor center (7,000 ft.)from 7:00 a.m-3:45 p.m. The sea level Kipahulu visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    These hours are daily, year-round, subject to staff availability.

    Books and maps are sold in the visitor centers and a naturalist will often be available to answer any questions you may have about the park.

    You will find more information about Haleakala National Park policies at the National Park Service website.

    Haleakala National Park Plants
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    Sugar cane growing on the slopes of Mount Haleakala Maui.

    Sugar cane grows on the slopes of Mount Haleakala.

    The diverse climate zones inside Haleakala National Park support a wide diversity of plant life. The following list of plants growing inside the park is not exhaustive but just representative of what you can expect to see during your visit.

  • Silversword is a plant you will only see in the summit area as it grows at high elevations. These interesting plants can reach 5.5 feet in height.
  • Hawaiian Sunset with Flowering Silversword in the Foreground
    Hawaiian Sunset with Flowering Silversword in the Foreground

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  • Tree Ferns
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Heliconia
  • Date Palm Trees
  • Bamboo Orchids
  • Angel Trumpet Plant
  • Hot Pepper Plants
  • Weeping Fig Trees
  • Coconut Palms
  • Eucalyptus Trees, some of which display a very colorful striped bark.
  • Detail of Eucalyptus Tree Bark, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA
    Detail of Eucalyptus Tree Bark, Haleakala Natl Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA

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