Haleakala National Park (Kula)
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 72%Adventure Travelers
- 64%Green Travelers
- 64%Family Travelers
- 61%Local Culture
- 61%Budget Travelers
- 60%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (159)
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Feb 27, 2014
With the Pipiwai Trail and the Oheo Gulch/Seven Sacred Pools in the same general vicinity, the combo makes Haleakala well worth the drive and a great way to end the Road to Hana.
We did the drive ourselves leaving around 9a and arriving around 12, so it only took us about 3 hours to get to the park (including a couple picture stops). The $10 admission charge is pretty hefty for a state park, but its good for 3 days and good for the crater drive.Heard the drive to the crater was brutal when I went, so that drive will be another time, another review.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Feb 21, 2014
It is a must to visit the top of Haleakala! You leave Kihei at 85 degrees and arrive at the top of the mountain to temperatures just above freezing. I usually finish dinner and head to the top. I arrive to watch the stars after sunset with hot chocolate. I never tire of the Milky Way.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Jan 14, 2014
As with all national parks Haleakala is an amazing place. You will see the endangered silver sword and some spectacular views of all of Maui at the top of the crater (10,000 ft). You can also book a ranger guided hike through the crater or venture on your own. If you are a night owl or an early riser you can drive up the mountain and watch the sunrise through the clouds - a beautiful site!
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- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsNov 29, 2013
The cinder-cone desert of Haleakala (the body of which forms the bulk of the island of Maui) is a truly otherworldly place. For the best experience, don't just peer in from the crater rim, but take a few hours to hike down into the cinder desert of multi-hued strata along the Sliding Sands trail. NASA once used the crater to simulate the moon landing, and the cinder desert is as close you can come to a moonscape while remaining on planet Earth. Take care, however, on the climb back up - your hotel is probably at sea level, and hiking an hour later at a height of 10,000 feet can prove exceptionally taxing.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Nov 14, 2013
This is paradise for a landscape photographer! When you go to the top, don't go too fast and take enough water and extra clothing with you. Although I am used to great heights and stopped a couple of times on our way to the top I felt a little bit dizzy because of altitude sickness (for the first time in my life).
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Nov 06, 2013
A fantastic moonscape, far above the clouds. Most people like to go early in the morning for the sunrise (warning--put on ALL your clothes, because it's windy and COLD), but I like the sunset, myself. Before going to the summit, drive around Kula and the little upcountry towns--like a botanical park.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Nov 13, 2013
There are many hikes you can do at Haleakala. Here's a list - http://www.haleakala.national-park.com/hike.htm
The hike we went on was the 11-mile from Sliding Sands to Halemau'u Trailhead. It starts at the summit, goes down along the Sliding Sands trail into the crater, then across, past the cabins to the switchbacks leading up to the parking lot at the Halemau'u Trailhead.
On a clear day, as ours was, the views are absolutely stunning. Everywhere you look, you're reminded of the awesome power this place must have exhibited when it was an active volcano, and the very ground you're walking on was a smoldering cauldron of molten earth. It is truly one of the rarest and most beautiful spots on the planet.
By far the hardest part of this hike is the steep climb up the switchbacks at the end, so bring plenty of water, some food to energize yourself along the way and make sure you're in decent shape. Also, this is an all-day hike, so start early so as not to run out of daylight.
Some tips for the prepared hiker:
- Bring plenty of water. The best place to fill up on water is the Park Headquarters Visitor Center as you enter. There’s running water at the Holua cabin, but it’s non-potable.
- Bring light layers. The temperature changes quickly with the wind and passing clouds.
- Wear good shoes.
- Wear a hat that covers your ears.
- Use sunscreen. You’ll burn more easily at this altitude.
- Bring healthy snacks to keep you energized along the way.
- Don’t leave anything behind. Even something as seemingly innocuous as an apple core left on the ground can have a negative impact on the environment.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Mar 05, 2014
I have lived on Maui for a number of years and only recently hiked the 11.2 mile crater hike. This hike is for those in good condition and requires taking plenty of water, a snack, layers of warm clothes and closed toed shoes. The Sliding Sands trail starts just below the summit not far from the visitors center. The fairly easy trek down is about 3.9 miles. Once you reach the floor of the crater the landscape and view vary around every turn. The distance across the crater to the Holua Cabin is about another 3 miles. This is a good place to stop to eat and use the out house. From here its a mile or so to reach the 2 miles of "Switch backs". This is a steady incline and will take every bit of energy and endurance to reach to end. But its worth the effort. The best plan is to have parked a vehicle at the 8,000 foot Halemau'u parking lot because from here its still 5 miles of highway back to the summit parking lot.
I've hiked many places on Maui and this one is not to be missed and easy to see why it is considered as spiritual.Recommended for:Spiritual Seekers
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Community ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 30, 2013
The Haleleakala hike was pretty strenuous. We literally started at 8000 ft elevation, descended down 8 miles, then hiked up the side of the mountain for another 4 miles back to the van. Isaac, our tour guide, had done it 88 times. But I was surprised we finished the hike in about 6 hours and had just enough time to catch the sunset at the peak of the mountain at 10K ft elevation.
It was soo amazing to see the sun hanging above the clouds and slowly drifting down. The sky was changing to a reddish orange glow. It was freeezing cold outside tho. We were all running to catch the last glimpse of the sunset before it goes below the clouds. After that 12 miles, 6 hours of hiking, we better get a picture of it. Everyone was shaking as they were trying to take pictures with their camera. I was trying to record the last of the orange glow before it disappears. It was beautiful. The colors of the sky was gorgeous as well, pink and blue then turning a red shade of orange and hint of purple. Then darkness fell and so was our energy level on the drive back to the hostel. It was a picture worthy day.