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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Visiting Haleakala

5 fun Maui vacation facts and your most common questions answered. Make your trip up to Haleakala National Park a real success!

1) Did you know Haleakala National Park has the most endangered species out of all of the National Parks? With native species arriving some 30,000 years ago, today new species of volunteers arrive close to every 20 days in Hawai’i. Many of these volunteer species can be found in Haleakalā National Park. Check out Haleakalā’s Silversword a plant that has been a threatened species as defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, since May 15, 1992. You can catch a view of the Silversword in the summit parking lot.

2) Haleakala is a massive shield volcano that formed 75% of the Hawaiian Islands.

3) The name Haleakala means “house of the sun” and sits with an almighty elevation of 10,023ft from sea level.

4) Haleakala  erupted three times in approximately the last 900 years with the last eruption dating back to 1790. Haleakalā is far smaller than many volcanic craters (calderas); there is an excellent chance that it is not extinct, but only dormant; and strictly speaking it is not of volcanic origin, beyond the fact that it exists in a volcanic mountain. –  Macdonald, Abbott, & Peterson

5) Did you know driving two hours to the summit of Haleakala you will pass through as many ecosystem zones as you would on a drive from Canada to Mexico.

Haleakala National Park FAQ’s

How long will it take me to get there?

From Kahului, it takes just over one hour to get to the entrance to Park Entrance and   additional 30 minutes to travel through the park to the 10,023 foot summit.

From Kahului, it takes about three hours to drive to the Kīpahulu (coastal) area of the park.

What will the weather be like when I’m there?

Visit Haleakala’s weather page before you plan your travel.

When is sunrise or sunset?

Check out the sunrise and sunset page to find out when is the best time to go.

Can I ride my bike in the park?

Yes. Bicylists must stay on the paved roads. Bikes are not allowed on any park trails. Check out the bicycling page before you plan your ride.

When is the park open?

The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. See the Visitor Centers Operating Hours.

Is there lodging in the park?

There are two drive-up campgrounds, two backcountry campgrounds, and three backcountry cabins. Visit our lodging page for more information.


No reservations are required for programs, hikes, or camping. Permits for the wilderness campgrounds in the Summit area are available on a first come, first served basis. Wilderness cabin permits are on a lottery system run by the Park. See lodging and camping facilities section for details about camping and cabin permits.

What address can I program into my GPS for the park?

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The park does not have a “real” physical address. The addresses below may work in your GPS. Visit our directions page.

Summit Area entrance:

30,000 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Add 10 miles to this.

Kipahulu Area entrance:

Mile Marker 42 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

Are there any guided activities?

Yes. Visit the guided activities page for information on ranger guided activities and commercial tours.

What to bring

  • Sweatshirt or light jacket.

  • A flashlight for navigating your way from the parking area up to the look out in case you arrive in the dark.

  • Binoculars to view the stars, planets, and terrain.

  • Water and light snacks as there are no food services at the park.

  • Hot beverage in thermos if you are heading up for sunset or or sunrise.

Originally posted at: Tips for Seeing Sunrise at Haleakala National Park | Go Visit Hawaii http://www.govisithawaii.com/2007/07/17/see-an-unforgettable-sunrise-at-the-peak-of-a-volcano/#ixzz34Nf99BOC


Ranger Led Hikes

For ranger led hikes please visit the guided tours here.



Visit Centers

Park Headquarters, Haleakala Visitor Center and Kipahulu Ranger Station are open daily year round, subject to staff availability.


Park Headquarters




Available Facilities

7:00 am to 4:00 pm


One mile from the park entrance at 7,000′ elevation. Driving time from the resort areas of Kihei and Ka’anapali is about two hours. Hwy 37 to 377 to 378 to the Park Road. The Kipahulu and Summit areas of the park are NOT connected by any one road

Restrooms, public telephone, picnic area, Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. Backcountry camping/ cabin permit station. NO FOOD or GAS available.



Haleakala Visitor Center




Available Facilities

Sunrise to 3:00 pm


Near the summit of Haleakala, 9,700′ elevation. Ten miles from the park entrance off the Park Road

Interpretive exhibits on the natural, geologic and cultural heritage of Haleakala. Restrooms, Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. NO Public phones, NO Food or Gas available.

Kipahula Visitor Center




Available Facilities

9:00 am to 5:00 pm


On the Kipahulu coast near the pools of ‘Ohe’o (sea level). Hwy 36 to 360 (the Hana Hwy) to 31. Driving time to Kipahulu from resort areas of Kihei and Ka’anapali is three to four hours one way.

Restrooms, public telephone, picnic tables. Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. Backcountry camping permit station. New Exhibits on the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Kipahulu are now open! Frontcountry camping available. NO Drinking water, Food or Gas Available


In short, Haleakala National Park is a very special place where the energy of this extinct volcano vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture that is said to protect the bond between the land and its people. The park cares for a wide range of endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else. Visiting Haleakala is like visiting no other place on the earth! Reinvigorate your spirit with the rare and sacred space of this incredible place.

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