Haleakala Activities

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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 the island of Hawaii.  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. [It's important to know that in order to prevent overcrowding during pre-dawn hours, visitors interested in watching the sunrise require reservations. You can find more information from the link at the bottom of the page.]

Hiking & Horseback Riding

There are a variety of trails along the summit and in the lush Kipahulu area including Keoneheehee Trail and Pipiwai Trail. Hiking times range from a half hour to three-day camping expeditions. You can also explore the park by horseback.  

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 the island of Hawaii. 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 general information: (808) 572-4400; http://www.nps.gov/hale 
Information regarding Haleakala sunrise viewing and reservations, visit the National Park Service's site. 

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