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)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)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.
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Member ofSpiritual SeekersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Nov 13, 2013
The top of Haleakala is visually the closest you can get to the moon on earth. If you value and appreciate wildlife then you will get to see one of the world's rarest plants: the native Hawaiian Silversword. It is found only on the slopes of Haleakala. For visitors, know that the temperature here can get below freezing and it even snows here from time to time. Its such a strange feeling standing at the top bundled up in your warmest clothes and then driving down taking off the layers and ending your day in the warm sunshine at the beach. Its worth checking out the sunrise but check the weather first. Sometimes it can be cloudy and the view not so great. When its clear you can literally see the divide between day and night moving through the sky. It's pure magic!
- Haleakala National Park (Kula)Member ofSpiritual SeekersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 7Mar 16, 2013
Haleakala sunrise is an otherworldly experience. Allow yourself lots of time before sunrise to make it up for stargazing before the light creeps in. Pack plenty of blankets (I wear a down jacket and layers) because it gets cold - occasionally even snow! Every sunrise I've seen here has been uniquely beautiful. A must-do on Maui, and perfect to combine with an afternoon upcountry visiting Alii Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy, and Tedeschi Vineyards.