Remote and beautiful, this cool and misty high-country park provides wonderful mountain hikes through forests of cypress, ash, eucalyptus, sequoia, redwood, cedar, and pine trees with many scenic views. Located upland of Kula, Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is set an elevation of 6,200 feet and includes the ten acres of planned forest in the Kula Forest Reserve on the western slope of Haleakala Volcano. This whole area was extensively planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s as part of a Depression-era work program.
Need To Know
Temperatures at Polipoli are usually about 20 degrees lower than at sea level so make sure and bring a good jacket and other clothing to stay warm, especially if you stay the night. Temperatures often dip below freezing at night during the winter months. Camping is allowed at Polipoli with a permit, and there is one cabin available for rent which sleeps ten and has a wood stove although there is no electricity or drinking water and you need to bring your own bedding. Facilities at Polipoli include restrooms and picnic tables. Call 808-984-8109. For camping, permits contact Maui District of Hawaii State Parks.
From Kula follow Kekaulike Avenue (Hawai‘i 377) to Waipoli Road and drive up to the park.