About Haleakala

Haleakala Volcano National Park – A Rare And Sacred Landscape

This one of a kind place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture; known as one of the quietest places on Earth, Haleakala feels otherworldly with it’s Moon-like terrain and a rich, star studded night sky placing Hawaii as the capital of astronomy in the northern hemisphere.

Haleakala Park also cares for endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else and the Silversword plant, that can bloom once in 100 years. Come visit this special place – renew your spirit amid stark volcanic landscapes and star gaze from one of the best places in the world!

Message from Haleakala National Park:

Please remember that you are entering a natural area where you are responsible for your own safety. Haleakalā National Park is a changing landscape with inherent and unpredictable natural hazards. If you have doubts or concerns about any activity or situation, please seek the advice of park rangers at one of the visitor centers.

Be aware that guidebooks may contain inaccurate and outdated information. Stay on trail and obey all posted signs.

In the event of a medical emergency, medical assistance may take up to an hour to arrive from a nearby town.

What to bring:

– Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
– Cold/wet weather clothing (raingear, pants, jacket, poncho)
– Food (no food for sale in the park)
– Water bottles (drinking water available at all visitor centers)
– Sturdy shoes (hiking boots or athletic shoes)

Summit Area – Mountain

The Summit Area of the park begins at 7,000 feet in elevation and reaches 10,000 feet at the summit.

The high altitude at the Summit Area may complicate health conditions and cause breathing difficulties. Elderly visitors, pregnant women, young children, and those with respiratory or heart conditions should consult their doctors prior to traveling to high elevations. To help avoid major safety concerns, be sure to walk slowly at high elevation and drink water to avoid dehydration.

Remember that you will be on a 10,000-foot mountain top in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The weather can change drastically throughout a single day. Be prepared for hot temperatures, intense UV rays, wind, rain, and cold temperatures.

The road to the Summit Area of the park is a two-lane, paved road that is steep and winding in places. Construction vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and buses use this road as well as private vehicles. Drive cautiously and safely.

Haleakala Weather: Summit and Wilderness Area

Haleakala summit is at 10,000 foot elevation and weather is highly unpredictable and changes often. Cool temperatures, intense solar radiation, and rapidly moving clouds are characteristic. On average, the temperature drops about 3°F for every 1,000 foot rise in elevation (or approximately 5°C for every 1,000 meter elevation rise), making the 10,023 foot (3055m) summit of Haleakalā about 30°F (or 17°C) cooler than the coast. Year-round summit temperatures range between below freezing to highs of 50°-65°F (10-18°C). The outside temperatures can feel much colder because of wind chill and damp, overcast conditions.