Things to Do on Haleakala
Haleakala is an active but not currently erupting massive shield volcano that rises 10,023 feet above sea level. The park itself stretches from the summit to the sea and encompasses an alpine zone, sub alpine scrublands and dry forests. The Kipahulu area on Haleakala’s windward slopes features rainforests and includes the beautiful Pools of Oheo.
Sunrise, Sunsets & Stargazing
At this altitude views of Maui are incredible. When the skies are clear you can see three other Hawaiian islands from Haleakala’s lookouts: Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii’s Big Island. Sunrises are unforgettable but sunsets can be equally as amazing and oftentimes can be less crowded. Stargazing is spectacular and the park — which is open 24 hours a day — offers stargazing programs in the summer.
There are a variety of trails along the summit and in the lush Kipahulu area including Sliding Sands and Pipiwai Trail. Hiking times range from a half hour to three-day camping expeditions.
See Endangered Species
Haleakala National Park has more endangered species than any other park in the National Park Service. Take a hike and you’ll soon see—or hear—Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene (Hawaiian goose). The endemic ahinahina plant (Haleakala silversword) can only be found on the upper slopes of Haleakala, while a handful of close relatives remain on Maunakea and Maunaloa on Hawaii Island. To see a silversword blossom is a poetic gift as this Hawaii native can take up to 50 years to bloom, and perishes after a single flowering.
More information: (808) 572-4400; http://www.nps.gov/hale