Located on the island of Maui, Haleakala National Park maintains three wilderness cabins for normal visitor use, Holua (elevation 6,940ft – 2,115m), Kapalaoa (elevation 7,250ft – 2,210m), and Paliku (elevation 6,380ft – 1,945m) in the Wilderness Area of the park. These Wilderness Cabins are accessible only by trail and from the summit area require you to hike a minimum of 3.7 miles (5.9km) to Holua, 5.5 miles (8.9km) to Kapalaoa, and 9.3 miles (15km) to Paliku. For normal visitor use, the wilderness cabins are available year-round by permit only, through advance reservation.
Message of Cultural Sensitivity:
“Upon entering Haleakala National Park, you are a guest of the Hawaiian culture, which considers the entire area sacred. Each person should behave as if entering a temple or reverent place in his or her own culture or belief system. The rocks, the plants and even the silence are part of the sacredness and should not be disturbed.”
For Native Hawaiians, Haleakala represents an important place within their culture. Key among aspects of this importance, relate to quietness and sense of place. Originally, within cultural practices, Ancients came to Haleakala for only very important reasons, and conducted these visits in silence. Therefore, the Wilderness Cabin Use Permittee agrees to carry out the activities of this Permit with deference to, and respect for, this cultural belief.
The Permittee and their participants/associates shall carry out the authorized activity in such a manner to be as quiet as possible, and shall to the extent possible, carry out the authorized activity in such a manner to be dignified and respectful to the Haleakala sense of place.
The distinctive cinder cones that dot the summit landscape of Haleakala resulted from relatively recent eruptions. Material from these mildly explosive, fountaining eruptions settled back around the vent forming the cones. Only a few plants, birds, and insects have adapted to the harsh conditions created at the summit and on the upper slopes of the volcano. Rainfall sinks rapidly into the porous rocky ground, whose bare surface become summer every day, winter every night. This harsh environment is home to the endangered ‘ahinahina (silversword), a unique species of plant which grows nowhere else in the world.
Know Before You Go Wilderness Cabin Rules and RegulationsHolua, Kapalaoa, and Paliku cabins have pit toilets and water available nearby. The water is non-potable and must be filtered or treated before drinking. Each cabin has a wood-burning stove with limited firewood, a two-burner propane stove, cooking utensils, dishes, and 12 padded bunks. In times of drought, the park will remove cookware and you must pack in all your water. There is no electricity in the cabins. Cell phone service does not exist in the erosional valley.A separate park entrance fee of $10 per vehicle is required; pass is valid for three days; interagency passes are accepted.The Permittee shall be an adult age 18 or older, shall carry a personal (identifiable to the Permittee) photo ID, and shall remain actively engaged and accompany the group using a cabin for the duration.The Permittee shall carry the Wilderness Cabin Permit in their immediate possession for the duration of their trip, and shall provide the permit for examination upon request by National Park Service employees.Wilderness Orientation: Each person staying in a cabin is required to watch an eight minute orientation at Park Headquarters Visitor Center.Each person is limited to a maximum of three nights per 30-day period in Wilderness Area cabins and campsites, with no more than two nights at any one site.Maximum group and/or organization size is 12 persons.Groups and/or organizations with more than 12 shall not split into smaller groups. Please call for assistance in planning your backcountry experience. Groups and/or group members shall not reserve back-to-back reservations exceeding three nights.The Permittee is reminded that voices and noise carry easily over long distances in the thin atmosphere at altitude.The Permittee and their participants/associates shall adhere to the park off-trail policy and shall not deviate from designated public use trails, take nor create any shortcuts whatsoever. Any deviation from designated public use trails is out-of-bounds, and subject to citation. Off-trail hiking causes erosion and damages fragile and/or endangered life forms that are not readily apparent to the casual observer.Open fires and gathering firewood is NOT allowed; build fires only in the wood stove located inside the cabin.Pets are NOT allowed anywhere in the Wilderness Area.Quiet hours are 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Please respect the privacy of others camping around you.There are no food establishments, stores, and shower or laundry facilities located in the park.Check out time is 12:00 noon.Click here for Livestock User Alert
Map of Haleakala National Park
It is the responsibility of the Permittee to ensure that the members of their group are appropriately equipped and properly prepared for hiking at altitude and in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, high winds), and are able to hike/backpack up to ten miles one way to the reserved cabin(s).
NOTE: Haleakala National Park specifically prohibits commercial use of Wilderness Cabins in any form whatsoever and unpermitted commercial guiding anywhere, by any means in the Wilderness Area and/or within park boundaries. Always verify commercial services come from a provider authorized by Haleakala National Park. Protect the quality of your trip and check the park web page www.nps.gov/hale for a list of authorized service providers or contact the park Business and Revenue Office, (808) 572-4442 or (808) 572-4440.