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Haleakalā National Park Government Shutdown Update

December 31, 2018, 8:36 AM HST
* Updated December 31, 8:44 AM
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Sunrise crowds at the crater overlook by Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,741 feet of elevation).  File photo courtesy: Haleakalā National Park

During the lapse in appropriated funds, most areas of Haleakalā National Park will remain open with all park regulations and laws enforced.

Visitors are reminded that no drones are allowed in the park, camping is allowed only within designated campgrounds and speed/ traffic regulations will be enforced by the National Park Service.

Sunrise reservations are still required for entrance to the Summit District from 3 to 7 a.m. Reservations are available online. There is no entrance fee for entering the park during the partial federal shutdown. Electronic message boards, as well as signs posted on park buildings are in place to remind visitors of these conditions.

Park-specific road, weather and trail condition updates are unavailable. Visitors may want to reference the following helpful links for weather forecasts and Haleakalā weather. Park officials advise the public that emergency response maybe delayed or absent. For safety, park officials urge the public to respect all area closures.

Closures in the Summit District

  • Headquarters Visitor Center, at 7000 feet of elevation
  • Haleakalā Visitor Center, at 9741 feet of elevation
  • Backcountry cabins. No permits will be issued for backcountry cabin. Refunds may be requested via after federal operations resume.
  • All park interpretive and educational programs are canceled.

Closures in the Kīpahulu District

  • Kīpahulu Visitor Center
  • The Pools of ʻOheʻo


  • Summit District roads and trails: (limited emergency response).
  • Kīpahulu District roads and trails open (limited emergency response).
  • Hosmer Grove Campground
  • Kīpahulu Campground
  • Hōlua, Palikū, Hosmer Grove and Kīpahulu tent campgrounds

For further information, please visit

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