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Palikū Wilderness Cabin Reservations to Open 7 Days Per Week Beginning Nov. 8

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Palikū Campsite in Haleakalā Crater. NPS Photo (2021)

The Palikū wilderness cabin reservations will be available seven days per week on beginning Nov. 8, 2021 between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time.  Due to ongoing drought and water shortages, the remote Palikū wilderness cabin reservations were temporarily limited to Friday-Sunday only.  

Reserve Your Wilderness Cabin in Advance: 

Backpackers wishing to reserve a wilderness cabin in Haleakalā Crater at Hōlua, Palikū or Kapalaoa cabins may do so by visiting An account is needed to reserve on the website. Hōlua and Kapalaoa wilderness cabins are currently available seven days per week. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance and will be available on a rolling six-month basis thereafter. 


Cabin reservations are $75 per night, for a maximum stay of three days per 30-day period and are non-transferable. Hosmer Grove Campground and Palikū and Hōlua wilderness campsites are currently open and available for reservation on Kīpahulu campground remains closed. 

No in-person check-in is provided at either visitor center. Previously, visitors with a cabin reservation obtained necessary codes from the Headquarters Visitor Center. Information on cabin codes will no longer be distributed in-person. Entry codes and wood locker codes will be emailed to reservation holders prior to their stay from [email protected]. Trip leaders must come prepared with their permit and email from park staff printed to ensure they have all necessary codes for their stay.  

Per CDC recommendations for building occupancy standards during the COVID-19 pandemic, cabin capacities have been temporarily reduced to a maximum of four occupants. There are only four bunks available in the cabins and reservation holders should not exceed this four-person limit. Camping outside the cabin in non-designated camping space is prohibited. Bedding, extra logs, and shared cookware such as pots, pans, plates are not available and must be brought in, and removed. All water must be filtered or treated before drinking. Wilderness cabins are not regularly cleaned, users are advised to backpack in their own cleaning supplies to sanitize the cabins before and after use.  


Know Before You Go: 

Before any overnight trip, all backpackers must review the “Need to Know” section on as well as view Haleakalā’s Leave No Trace video.  


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