|Ranger Led Hikes||Special Activities||Visitor Centers|
Haleakala National Park is open year round. It is busy year round with peaks during summer months and over winter holidays with the majority of the park visitors coming in February.
Haleakala National Park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala on the island of Maui and protects the unique and fragile ecosystems of Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along 'Ohe'o Gulch, and many rare and endangered species.
Activities to consider while here are but not limited to: backpacking, camping, interpretive talks, horseback riding in the crater, nature walks, star gazing, and swimming in �Ohe�o stream.
Park Headquarters, Haleakala Visitor Center and Kipahulu Ranger Station are open daily year round, subject to staff availability.
|7:00 am to 4:00 pm||808-572-4400||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.|
|Sunrise to 3:00 pm||None||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.|
|9:00 am to 5:00 pm||808-248-7375||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 the Summit area, special evening star watching programs are conducted in the summer months. Occasionally special all day and half day hikes, three day service trips, or full moon hikes are offered. Check at Park Headquarters or call 808-572-4400 for current schedules.
In the Kipahulu area, cultural demonstrations occur occasionally. Check at the Ranger Station or call 808-248-7375 for current schedules.
Sky-watching is a great way to escape the world! Stop at one of the several overlooks on the Park road or take a short walk away from the traffic noise to watch the clouds. The visual horizon in many places in the Park is up to 115 miles out to sea. Even cloudy skies can offer amazing sights including rainbows, moonbows and halos seen around your shadow. Haleakala offers one of the most easily accessible places to watch planets, stars and moons after dark. Rent a pair of 10x50 or 7x50 binoculars at one of the island dive shops, pick up a star map at Park Headquarters or Haleakala Visitor Center, and see if you can find the moons of Jupiter.
Sunrise and sunset are both amazing events, but sunrise is more crowded. Arrive at least one half hour before each to watch colors change. A flashlight will come in handy and warm clothes are a must! Good sunset locations include the Halemau`u Trail and the Summit. Sunrise can be seen from Leleiwi or Kalahaku Overlooks, the Summit, and Haleakala Visitor Center.
Bird and wildlife watching are great at Haleakala. In fact, Haleakala National Park is one of a few places to see rare Hawaiian forest birds. Walk along Halemau`u trail or through Hosmer Grove on your own or join our guided Waikamoi Hike offered on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:00 til noon at Hosmer Grove. After dark, watch the tree tops on moonlit nights for one of only two native mammals in Hawai`i, the `ope`ape`a, or Hawaiian Hoary bat. On summer nights stop at Leleiwi overlook and listen for the rare `Ua`u, or Dark-Rumped petrel, calling for its mate along the cliffs below. During the winter months watch for Humpback Whales from the porch of the Kipahulu Ranger Station.
Ranger / Naturalist programs include guided walks, hikes, as wells as programs on geology and natural and cultural history and 15 to 20 minute presentations. Check the park bulletin boards for more information.
Both areas of the Park offer guided walks and programs on the geology and natural and cultural history of the area.
|Summit Area||9:30, 10:30, 11:30 am||Daily||15 - 20 minutes||Presentations are given in the Summit Building|
|Cinder Desert||9:00 am||Tue and Fri||2.0 miles||The hike takes about two hours. Meet at the Sliding Sands Trailhead at the end of the Haleakala Visitor Center Parking Lot.|
|Waikamoi Cloud Forest||9:00 am||Mon and Thu||3.0 miles||This three hour hike goes through The Nature Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve. Meet at Hosmer Grove, just inside the Park entrance.|
|Bamboo Forest||9:00 am||Daily||1.0 mile||Hike to the Bamboo Forest. Begin at the Ranger Station.|
At Kipahulu, programs include a one mile hike to the Bamboo Forest at 9:00 am daily; half mile hikes or orientation talks at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm daily; and a 4 mile round trip hike to Waimoku Falls, Saturdays at 9:30 am. All programs and hikes begin at the Ranger Station/Visitor Center and are subject to staff availability.
Be sure to check at Visitor Centers as times and dates are subject to change.
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