Palikū, Kapalaoa, and Hōlua – wilderness camping/cabins (Cabin reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance at 10 AM EST. Reservations are made using Reserve America’s website at www.recreation.gov. Reserve America’s call center phone number is 1-877-444-6777/Tent camping space is available on a first-come, first-served basis)
Tent Camping/Campsite permits can be obtained at the Headquarters Visitor Center between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM up to one day in advance.
Hōlua and Palikū campsites have pit toilets and water available nearby. The water is non-potable and must be filtered or treated before drinking. In times of drought, all water must be carried in.
Hōlua, the Wilderness campsite reached by the shortest hike, lies at 6,940 feet (2,115m) in the shrubland near Ko`olau Gap. Hōlua is 3.7 miles (6km) down the Halemau`u Trail or 7.4 miles (12km) from the Sliding Sands Trailhead. Visitors staying at Hōlua can enjoy day hikes into the central Wilderness Area. The landscape around Hōlua supports a native shrubland which colonizes the lava flows. There is a short hike to a large lava tube nearby.
At 6,380 feet (1,945m), Palikū is on the east end of the Wilderness valley at the base of a rain forest cliff. The campsite is reached via a strenuous 9.3 mile (15km) hike on the Sliding Sands Trail or 10.4 (17km) on Halemauʻu Trail. Exceptional views of the crater interior along the trail including cinder cones and silver swords among a Lunar/Martian landscape. Views of the Big Island can be seen on clear days through the Kaupo Gap. Clouds and fog often roll over the top of the cliffs behind Palikū, and rain is common. The extra moisture makes this spot exceptionally cool and lush. Some of the must EPIC views on Maui.
The Wilderness cabins are accessible only by trail. To reach the cabins, you must hike a minimum of 3.7 miles (5.9km) to Hōlua, 5.5 miles (8.9km) to Kapalaoa, and 9.3 miles (15km) to Palikū. Hōlua, Kapalaoa, and Palikū cabins are rugged but historic cabins located in the wilderness designated area of Haleakala National Park. They have limited amenities such as pit toilets and water available near the cabin. The water is non-potable and must be filtered or treated before drinking. Each cabin has a wood-burning stove with limited firewood that must be conserved, cooking utensils, dishes, and 12 padded bunks. There is no electricity in the cabins.