The Upper Maulua Unit of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife is currently open to the public for wildlife-dependent activities such as hiking, bird watching and photography. All other units of the refuge are closed.
Access to Upper Maulua is permitted on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between sunrise and sunset. Every visitor to Upper Maulua is required to have a reservation. Reservations can be made by calling the Hakalau Forest NWR office at (808) 443-2300, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday at least one week prior to entry.
Visitors will be asked to provide (1) their telephone number; (2) the number of people in their group; (3) license plate numbers(s) of vehicle(s) to be used; and (4) description of vehicle(s) to be used. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is required for the 50-mile trip, which takes almost 2 hours each way from Hilo or Kona.