Haleakala Crater Stands Tall
The summit of Haleakala National Park is at Haleakala Crater and stands tall 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 Farm. This National Park is famous for the Haleakala Sunrise experience. Every morning, hundreds gather to watch the beautiful sunrise at 10,000ft at Haleakala Crater.
History of Haleakala
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.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Maui
- Amenities: Restrooms, water fountains can be found at the buildings throughout the park. The Park Headquarters Visitor’s Center, The Haleakala Visitor’s Center, and Hosmer Grove Picnic Area are all wheelchair accessible.
- Insider Tip: Walk slow, the air is very thin.
- Fun Fact: The summit of the Haleakala crater is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.
- What to Expect: Rare endemic Hawaiian species, breathtaking panoramic views, sculpted mountains with rich vibrant colors.