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Haleakala National Park

You've probably heard about the mountain peak in Hawaii where people journey in the wee hours of the morning to watch the sunrise. That would be Mt. Haleakala, the namesake of the National Park. The name Haleakala literally means "House of the Sun." Each year more than one million people make the pilgrimage to this national park at the top of the mountain to watch the sun as it rises, seemingly from within the volcanic crater. It is an amazing experience to see bright sun rays growing on the horizon and then turn in the opposite direction and watch as stars and purple night skies quietly recede into daylight. Little wonder that Haleakala is Maui's most popular visitor attraction.



A word of warning is needed, as the sunrise is often a non event no thanks to clouds between sea level and at 13,000 feet can obstruct the sun. Sunrise or not this park should be on your list of Maui attractions, even if you go during the day. If you do, you will experience the sensation of driving into the clouds on the way to the summit and likely drive out of them before you reach the summit. While our pictures do no do justice to the majesty of the summit, hopefully they provide a hint of the amazing landscape and views that await you. We really felt like we were in a far away land (which of course we were) or even on another planet.

 




Because of Haleakala's altitude, visitors should prepare for unpredictable weather, (ranging from very cold to very hot), steep inclines and thin mountain air. Haleakala's trails are generally rugged and strenuous, and hikers must not leave the designated walking paths or risk causing irrevocable damage to the area's sensitive ecosystem. The water in the park is not potable, and availability of toilets is imited.



Haleakala's summit crater is 3,000 feet deep and 21 miles around, large enough to hold the island of Manhattan. The distinctive silversword plant, along with some wildlife, are found no place else on earth. The crater's unique geology so resembles the moon, American astronauts trained here for their lunar landing. Haleakala National Park encompasses the volcano's entire summit, and stretches down to the coastline at Kipahulu in Hana.



Park visitors should plan on two hours driving time from resort areas Makena, Wailea, Kaanapali and Kapalua to reach the summit. The park offers camping facilities, rugged trails, ranger-led talks and guided hikes, horseback riding excursions, and visitor centers. The entrance fee is approximately $10.


 

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