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Requirements regarding camping in Hawaii vary by jurisdiction, island, campsite, and facilities. The following information applies to the Island of Maui. Note: Camping information is subject to change without notice. Please contact the applicable local office for current information.

(as at March 25, 2006)

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK                                   Visit our Virtual Tour of the Park
P. O. Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 572-4400 (open 24 hours per day, all year)
Haleakala National Park consists of 28,655 acres of which 19,270 are wilderness. The park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala rising to 10,023-foot elevation and protects the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along Oheo Gulch, and many rare and endangered species. The following information applies to the park's two drive-in campgrounds (Hosmer Grove and Kipahulu) and backcountry campsites and cabins. For more information, please visit the park's Website.
  • The park has two distinct sections located in two different areas: the Summit area is located in Upcountry Maui (readily accessible); the Kipahulu area is located near Hana (a more remote area). Both areas are vehicle accessible.
  • The park entrance is located in the Summit area. The 7-day park entry fee is $10 per vehicle; $5 per bicyclist, motorcyclist, and hiker; free for Golden Age/Eagle Passport holders.
  • No permits are needed to camp at Hosmer Grove and Kipahulu.
  • Permits are required for backcountry campsites and cabins.
  • To obtain a permit, apply at the Park Headquarters Visitor Center (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) the day of your hike. (The person obtaining the backcountry campground permit, or cabin reservation, must be at least age 18 and must be on the trip.)
  • Camping is free. There is a flat rate cabin fee of $75 per night (max. cabin capacity 12 persons).
  • Cabin reservations are made via lottery. To enter the lottery, write to Haleakala National Park, Attention Cabins, at least 3 months prior to the month of your trip. Include your first and alternate choices of dates and cabin preferred.
  • Cabin cancellations occasionally occur. To check on availability, call the park at (808) 572-4400 between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visa or Mastercard is needed to secure a reservation by phone.
Max. stay at the following campgrounds is 4 days (3 nights):
  • Hosmer Grove Campground: a popular forested drive-in campsite located just inside the park entrance in the Summit area. Facilities include picnic tables, BBQ grills, outdoor pit toilets, and drinking water.
  • Kipahulu Campground: a primitive drive-in campsite, near the ocean. Picnic tables, BBQ grills, outdoor pit toilet. No drinking water is available (you must bring your own).

BACKCOUNTRY (Campsites/cabins)
There are two backcountry campsites and three cabins. All are at remote hike-in locations. All have a maximum stay of 3 nights per month with no more than 2 consecutive nights at any one campsite or cabin. All require permits.


There are no open fires allowed in the wilderness, and portable campstoves and a fuel supply are recommended. Both campsites have pit toilets and non-potable water. Some form of water treatment is required.

  • Holua Campsite: located 4 miles (one way) along the Halemauu Trail, or 7 miles from Sliding Sands trailhead.
  • Paliku Campsite: located 10 miles (one way) along either the Sliding Sands Trail, or the Halemauu Trail, or 8 miles up the Kaupo Trail.


The cabins have pit toilets and non-potable water. Some form of water treatment is required. Each cabin has a wood-burning stove with limited firewood, a 2-burner propane stove, cooking utensils, dishes, and 12 padded bunks. There is no electricity in the cabins. In times of drought, cookware is removed and you must pack in all your water.
  • Holua Cabin: located at the Holua campsite (see above).
  • Paliku Cabin: located at the Paliku campsite (see above).
  • Kapalaoa Cabin: located 6 miles along the Sliding Sands Trail, or approximately 8 miles along the Halemauu Trail.

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