Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park
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Also known as the "House of the Sun," this 30,000-acre national park is popular for hiking, camping, and catching sunrises and sunsets.
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,785 contributions
Sep 2022
This national park, which spans the slopes and crate of the dormant Haleakala volcano is a place of immense natural beauty. There are many trails and vistas to enjoy. A good road leads all the way to the summit.
Written 29 January 2023
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odilelosaltos
Brentwood, CA307 contributions
Jan 2023
It is a long winding road but we’ll worth it. We were lucky, for once we didn’t freeze our buns off, the summit was clear, and as said in Maui revealed( best guide book) your are above the cloud, watching turbulence without being in it. On our way home we stopped at Kula bistro, had some great pastries. Overall a fabulous day, a must do while in Maui
Written 24 January 2023
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Lorraine B
5 contributions
Jan 2023
This place will awaken your senses and make you feel closer to God when you see the sky painted with sunrise or sunset colors!
Written 21 January 2023
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Marion G
Cincinnati, OH393 contributions
Jan 2023
We had reservations for the Sunrise,it was very cold,but so worth it,just amazing to see,and a special treat to hear the park Ranger sing a Hawaiaan Song as the sun was rising.Also done some Hiking,amazing Terrains,plants and animals.
Written 18 January 2023
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IndyAnna
Carmel, IN73 contributions
Jan 2023
We went with a tour guide and visited the crater and walked a few trails. The scenery is beautiful and at 10K feet you get a view of Maui and the other islands. Would highly recommend.
Written 16 January 2023
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Grace
Santa Clara, CA5 contributions
Jan 2023
Let me just start out by saying... yes, this was majestic! But my husband and I also think it's a bit overhyped. I mean it was beautiful, but not life-changing / the most beautiful thing we've seen... maybe our expectations were just too high based on what we'd heard and read.

The sunrise was going to be at around 7:00am (this is in January), so we left around 3:45am from Kihei and arrived around 5:45am (I did drive a bit slower, since I get nervous on windy roads - especially the parts right next to cliff edges, and we also made a restroom stop after we passed the entry fee booth).

We paid $30 for the entry fee.

For the most part, the drive was fine. There were definitely windy parts, but thankfully my husband (who got motion sick on Road to Hana) dealt fine with it. I think what was more nerve-wracking were the parts where you're going up the actual volcano for maybe 50 minutes or so, and it almost kind of feels like you're driving into the sky, and for half of the roads you feel pretty close to the edge of the cliff... if that makes sense. And since we both got back later the previous night, we didn't get much sleep... but thankfully we made it fine with me driving up and my husband driving down. (For me, it helped driving up because there were fewer cars, so I felt less pressure and could drive more slowly.)

I'm glad we got there when we did (5:45am) because then we could stand in the best position at the summit view. We brought beach chairs with us to sit on as we waited... but turned out we didn't use them as much, because I thought I might freeze unless I stood!

Which brings me to my biggest tip: BUNDLE UP! Yes, what you read is true. Wind chill is real. Apparently it was around 40 degrees but it really felt colder than that. I don't know if I've ever been in such cold weather outdoors for so long (note: I'm from California)... I could only take my hands out of my pocket for a minute at a time. I'm so glad we happened to have packed winter clothes with us for our next leg of our trip, and that I also wore double layers of pants. I wish I could've found my beanie, but we just used our scarves to wrap around our heads. But yes... to us, it was COLD!

People also said there were no restrooms, but technically there are - just at the visitor center maybe 5-10 minutes' drive below the summit. There's also another stop close to the entry fee booth with restrooms.

There is also one part a bit below the visitor center where you might get confused and take the wrong path to an outlook... we did that on accident coming back down from the summit. Just keep going on the "main path" - don't follow the urge to take any turns.

And last tip: bring snacks! I had packed us a to-go breakfast parfait so we wouldn't get motion sick on empty stomachs.
Written 12 January 2023
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Sarah I
Wauchula, FL184 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Wow! We went for sunset and didn’t have to make a reservation or wake up hours before dawn! Another plus, we got to take our time making our way up the windy, windy road to get there. Heads up- if you are from a flat place with straight roads, this is the opposite of that! It’s not awful though. The views are worth it! There are trails you can take or just enjoy the views from the top. I recommend walking the Leleiwi overlook and short trail. Worth it! Like others have said- take plenty of snacks and water. Be kind and patient when driving- there are scared drivers and bikes on the road!
Written 30 December 2022
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Corneliu A
Montreal, Canada357 contributions
Oct 2022
Proudly claiming 10,023 feet at its peak, Haleakalā is Hawaii's third tallest volcano. We visited the park 11 years ago, but bad weather decided to hide the summit in thick fog. We had chosen a beautiful sunny day for the second try and it paid off. The journey via Haleakalā driveway to the top is simply mesmerizing. Upon entry, visitors must purchase a recreational pass at a cost of $30 per car. Bring extra layers to change into when you arrive and expect strong winds or sunshine. Sunscreen is not an option but a requirement. Do your homework before deciding to hike, some trails are time consuming and not for the unfit. If you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, the views at the top are breathtaking. Among a wide variety of lava colors and rocky landscapes, you will see the rare and famous silversword. We arrived early to avoid the midday crowds and had packed snacks and brought water as no drinks or food are available in the park. We felt slight signs of altitude sickness, on the summit crater of Haleakalā, but nothing major. On your way if you want to stop for lunch, we will recommend the town of Kula. Bottom line, the scenic drive and summit hike was memorable and highly recommended.
Written 27 December 2022
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lovecheesesan
Yokohama, Japan6 contributions
Dec 2022
I was able to see the sunset from the summit of Haleakala, which I had longed to do.
I had been to the summit of Haleakala several times before, but in each case, fog and rain prevented me from seeing the sunset. This time, however, I was able to see the sunset through the clouds. If you visit Maui, please come and see the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen.
Depending on the day, you will need to be at the parking lot at the top at least an hour before sunset, as parking spaces can be scarce.
To be sure of seeing the Haleakala sunset, please get the latest weather information on Haleakala in advanced.
Written 21 December 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL9,225 contributions
Nov 2022
A week prior to arriving to Maui we had a chance to do stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitor Center on Big Island, so we were familiar with the strong altitude increase experience already and were super excited to visit the park at least for the sunset - it was something spectacular!

The drive up, reviewed separately under Haleakala Highway (Crater Road) profile here on TA, is an experience in itself! If you have the American the Beautiful Pass then use it here - it's on of the 3 places (technically 4 if you count the area in Hana that has an additional entrance to the "same" park here) in the State of Hawaii where this pass works. We haven't visited any other place in the park but went straight to the summit; there are 2 parking lots;

a. one at the 2nd visitor center (the first when you enter the park is called visitor center headquarters I believe)

b. and another one a bit higher where the highest vista point is available

We were stopped at first by the Park Guide who said the upper level is full but asked if we can still go there and check it out... yes it was full, even more than an hour before the sunset, but it was only 1 car ahead of us waiting for the spot so we waited and within 15m we got our parking spot :) don't leave if you experience the same, there are maaaaaaaaaanyyyyyyyyy people who come here unprepared for the super cold temperatures and crazy wind (we visited in the first week of November) so they tend to leave pretty fast as it's not pleasant - to give you the idea, when we started driving in Kihei during the day it was +90F... by the time we got to the summit for the sunset the temp drop to about 40-45F, I wish I checked what it felt on the skin as the wind was absolutely brutal :) come here with jackets, long pants, closed shoes etc. - the only reason why we "survived" in shorts, in my case, is because we had neck guards, hats, gloves, etc. and still were freezing - let the moment carry you, like it did us! :)

There is this one structure with the glass that allows you to hide from the wind, but it's away from the edge - still great views from here. The upper parking lot has no restrooms, just the one below and it's quite a walk/if you drive down you will lose your parking spot so plan accordingly :)

TIP: take your time coming up, and going down - it's part of the experience, and make sure to visit that restroom on your way down, as it's a long drive and I bet that cold temperature will make you want to visit the restrooms :)))
Written 13 December 2022
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