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Picture Yourself at Haleakalā National Park during National Park Week April 21-29!

April 9, 2012


Sunrise at Haleakalā summit. Photo courtesy of Park Ranger Ted Grupenhoff

Picture Yourself at Haleakalā National Park for free entry and fun activities and events during National Park Week April 21-29! Below you will find a list of family fun activities that you can participate in. The first event, even though it doesn’t fall within National Park Week, is this Saturday!

  • April 14: Ola Ka Honua, Earth Day celebration at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Focusing on the preservation of Native Hawaiian Resources and Culture. We will be featuring four of the many unique ecosystems found in Hawai’i and the adaptations plants have to live successfully. There will be a fun game to play and cool plants to help interpret the similarities of people and plants adapting to a specific environment. For more information, please click the link.

 Activities in the Summit Area

  • Volunteer Day April 21

You can make a difference! Roll up your sleeves and pitch in to pull invasive weeds.

April 21-23: Friends of Haleakalā monthly overnight service trip (Hōlua Cabin). Call 572-4487 or go to to sign up.

April 21: Pacific Whale Foundation day trip to the summit. Call 800-942-5311 to make a reservation.


  • Earth Day April 22

11:45 – 5:00 pm. Come on the wetside for a special Ranger-led hike into The Nature Conservancy Waikamoi preserve. Call 572-4400 to make a reservations.


  • Jr. Ranger Day April 28

10:00-2:00 pm. We invite young visitors to be sworn in as Jr. Rangers. “Explore, learn & protect” come and dress like a ranger.

Take a short hike on Pā Ka ‘oao Trail – join park staff at  9, 10, 11, 12, and 1:00.

 Events in the Hana/Kipahulu Area

  • 20th Annual Taro Festival April 21

Take the trip to Hana Ball Park in Hana, Maui for a day of food, crafts, cultural demonstrations, a non-profit info tent, music, and hula. Haleakala NP will have an information booth. Grab a park newsletter, get assistance planning your park trip, and learn about the Kipahulu Area. For more information on the Taro Festival, please click the link.

 Daily during National Park Week

National Park trivia buffs can earn a prize hourly at park visitor centers by answering a challenge question.

Keone he`e `he`e (Sliding Sands Trail) or Pā Ka ‘oao hikes – short guided hikes held at 9, 10 and 11 am from the House of the Sun Visitor Center on the rim.

The Nature Conservancy Waikamoi hikes – Monday and Thursday at 8:45am call for reservations 572-4400.

Hike with park staff on Historic Halemau`u Trail April 24 & 25 at 9:00 am and April 29 at 1:30 pm. Meet at Halemau`u (switch backs) parking lot.

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