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Haleakala reservations, cabins system will open this Thursday, park says

Haleakala National Park’s wilderness cabins and reservation system will open on Thursday, the park announced.

Reservations for Holua and Kapalaoa cabins will go live on recreation.gov beginning at 7 a.m. Hawaii time. Users will no longer be required to check in at the Headquarters Visitor Center and can start their trip on the reserved date once they have acquired their permit. Cabin reservations cannot be made in the park or in person.

Due to the ongoing drought and water shortages, the remote Paliku wilderness cabin remains temporarily closed. Backpackers staying at Paliku wilderness campsites are advised to pack in water or fill up at Kapalaoa prior to arriving at Paliku campground, as water may not be available. Paliku and Holua campsites and Hosmer Grove Campground reservations also are open and available through recreation.gov. The drive-up Kipahulu Campground remains closed.

Reservations for wilderness cabins can be made up to six months in advance and will be available on a rolling six-month basis thereafter.

The cost is $75 per night, for a maximum stay of three nights per 30-day period. Due to the pandemic, cabin capacities have been temporarily reduced to a maximum of four occupants, with only four bunks available for use. Reservation holders should not exceed this limit. Camping outside the cabin in nondesignated camping space is prohibited. Cabin permits are nontransferable, and a printed reservation from the confirmation email must be carried at all times by the trip leader.

For more information on the cabins, including elevation and distance, weather, water availability and other tips, visit nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/wilderness-cabins.htm.

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