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Rangers at Haleakalā National Park share insider tips with visitors


Hikers at Puʻu Halāliʻi in Haleakalā crater in May. (Courtesy of C. Petruccelli)

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Planning the visit Haleakalā National Park?

Park rangers shared some of their insider tips on how to have a safe experience.

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Safety first: Face masks are mandatory in all buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on trails only when physical distance is not possible. Wash your hands and watch your distance.

Dress up the party: Temperatures at the top are much lower than at the beach, and weather conditions change rapidly. Make sure to wear warm diapers, bring sunscreen, and stay hydrated.

To make a reservation: Sunrise reservations are mandatory at the Summit District from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., which can be done online up to 60 days in advance. Tickets are released at 7 a.m. HST, but “last minute” reservations can be released two days in advance.

To be informed: KÄ«pahulu District is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summit district is still open. Reservations are required for sunrise, but not for sunset or night sky. The reception centers are closed, however, the toilets are open.

Have a plan: Make sure your gasoline has fuel before you head to the park. Arrive early in Kīpahulu to hike the Pīpīwai Trail to Waimoku Falls. While doing the 11 mile half loop at the top of the Keoneheʻheʻe Trail (Sliding Sands) to Halemauʻu Trail, you will need to arrange a pickup or have two cars. Start all hikes early to finish before dark.

Download the app: The NPS application in the IOS App Store and Google play store lets you explore over 400 national parks across the country. Interactive maps, park tours, field accessibility information and more can help you plan your trip.

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