About Mt. Haleakala
You might think youre walking on Mars at Mt. Haleakalathe 10,023 feet (3,055 meters)summit is a dusty, intensely colorful landscape that is simply otherworldly. Mt Haleakalas size is enormous, when you stand atop Mauis largest volcanic mountain youll find it difficult to express such beauty! Haleakala in Hawaiian means House of the Rising Sun.
Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for severe weather closures. Locals and visitors love catching an earlyand chillymorning sunrise above the clouds. Hikers can enjoy two outstanding trails: the Halemauu trail and the Sliding Sands trail. Astronomers enjoy one of the best locations in the world for studying the universe at the Haleakala Observatory.
On the slopes of Mt. Haleakala, a dormant shield volcano, are organic and natural farms like Shims Coffee and Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. Small towns like Makawao and Kula Town offer unique experience of the Maui lifestyle.
In 1828, the first recorded ascent of Mt. Haleakala by non-Hawaiians was made. Polynesians arrive to the Hawaiian Islands circa 400 A.D., and are believed to have inhabited Mt. Haleakala around 900 A.D.
The first permanent ranger was stationed at Haleakala National Park in 1935, and a year later the Haleakala Visitors Center was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Work Project Administration (WPA).
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Maui
- Insider Tip: If youre driving to the summit, fill your gas tank up, bring food and drink, and dont forget a warm sweater or jacket!
- Fun Fact: Haleakala National Park was established in 1916, just one week after the National Park Service was founded!
- What to Expect: Be prepared to pay a small fee to enter Haleakala National Park (its about $5 and typically valid for 3 days).