In the National Parks: Haleakala’s Back Door

Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala National Park

Most visitors to Haleakala National Park enter though the main entrance on the west side of the park and drive up to the crater at the top of the dormant volcano. One common way that tourists visit the park is to ride up to the top of the mountain at sunrise and then bike down. Less well known is the Kipahulu entrance to the park. It is on the eastern end of the park in a remote area not far from the town of Hana.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

These photos were taken along the Kuloa Point Trail. It takes visitors to ‘Ohe’o Gulch, home of the seven sacred pools, although the actual number of pools varies at different times of the year. Visitors can swim in the pools although there are a number of warnings against it and at the current time the pools are closed indefinitely due to concerns over possible rock slides. ‘Ohe’o means “someplace special.” At the end of the gulch is Kuloa Point where it meets the ocean.

‘Ohe’o Gulch

sign at 'Ohe'o Gulch

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

'Ohe'o Gulchj

Kuloa Point

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

clouds in Kuloa Point

Haleakala National Park warning

Hawai’i National Park, which included Haleakala, was established by Congress in 1916. The visitor center at Haleakala was built in the 30’s as an initiative of the Civilian Conservation Corp. In 1961, shortly after Hawaii became at state the two national parks in Hawaii, Haleakala and Hawai’I Volcanoes National Park, were separated and assumed their current names. The Kipaulu section was added to the park in 1969.

Lower Falls, Haleakala National Park

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10 Responses to In the National Parks: Haleakala’s Back Door

  1. Carly | says:

    The power of Mother Nature is very evident here!

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  2. Donna Janke says:

    Kuloa Point Trail looks beautiful. Rugged and natural.

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  3. pjlazos says:

    Another place I must go! I always assumed Hawaii to be sunny all the time, but it looks like not the case from the pictures.

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  4. Like all beautiful national parks, I’d love to be able to visit Haleakala one of these days. I’m more of a mountain-type of person, so it’s not overly high on the list. But hey, if I ever win the lottery, I’m so going there!


  5. JoHanna Massey says:

    Oh this is indeed a beautiful area, your photos just exquisite. I think your cloudy days were actually a blessing as far as enjoying the environment without lots of others. Thank you Ken for sharing your …what looks like a very calm and peaceful exploration of a true natural wonder.

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  6. babl says:

    We love Maui it is wonderful. We visited in summer. Road going to Haleakala was too foggy this time. After we reach to see the view from the top it was sunny. It is awesome.:)


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