The summit of Haleakala Crater
is at 10,023 feet above sea level, making it the highest point on Maui. The experience of viewing Maui from the top of Haleakala is a once-in-a-lifetime event; the beautiful colors, the unique Hawaiian flora and fauna, and the views of the stars at night are sights you will never forget.
If you're not at the top of Mt. Haleakala
, you can drive the Hana Highway
around East Maui, or visit farms on the mountains gentle slopes. Here you'll find unique attractions throughout Kula Town
, like the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm
, the Surfing Goat Dairy
, or Shims Coffee
Early Hawaiians called the mountain Haleakala, which means “house of the sun”. It got this name because folklore suggests that the demigod Maui and his grandmother captured the sun in order to slow its path across the sky, thus making the day longer. The last eruption at Haleakala was believed to have been in 1790, but more recent dating tests have figured out that it was actually sometime during the 17th century.