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Haleakala National Park Makawao

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Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park
Makawao
HI
96768
Tel: (808) 572-4400

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Haleakala National Park extends from the 10,023 foot (3055m) summit of Haleakala down the southeast flank of the mountain to the Kipahulu coast near Hana. These two sections of the park are not directly connected by road, but both can be reached from Kahului.

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This special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. Come visit this special place - renew your spirit of adventure amid stark volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical rain forest.
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    Haleakala National Park is spectacular and a real marvel. Make sure you check the weather before you go. My mother and I visited last Monday. It was fine when we arrived, but clouded over and began to rain the way back down. The drive up to Haleakala is a bit tricky as it has many switchbacks and tight curves. Abide by the speed limits set, there are plenty of signs to guide you. The admission into the park itself is $10. When you park your car at the summit, you will be greeted by lots of rock formations (stay on the trail!), Chukar Partridges,...Read More

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    Haleakala National Park
    Michelin's recommendations : 3*
    "The spectacular desolation of its enormous crater valley-7.5 miles long, 2.5 miles wide and 3,000-feet deep-has been compared to the mountains of the moon. Pastel hues of red, yellow and orange, as well as gray, purple, brown, black and pink, accent cliffsides and cinder cones. It's worth waking up in the dark of early morning to drive from your beachfront resort and watch the sunrise over the Halekala's 10,023-foot summit"

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    Excellent park with great views, especially for sunrise and astrophotography. Come about an hour before sunrise to secure a good viewing spot, and be prepared for freezing temperatures.

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    We took the sunrise bike tour which picked us up from Kaanapali and it was one of the most memorable expeditions we took on our visit to Maui. We had plenty of time to ourselves on the way down the 10k' decent through something like 5 different ecosystems. Wild eucalyptus, huge flowers and plants, and views unlike anywhere else on earth. Make sure you stop at Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao on the way down for your fresh, locally grown brunch before heading back to the tour bus. Dress warm (it's 30 degrees at the peak).

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    Amazing views and geology. You can see big island from the top. Bring a coat and be ready for the high altitude. SAVE THE NENEs!

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Haleakala National Park is spectacular and a real marvel. Make sure you check the weather before you go. My mother and I visited last Monday. It was fine when we arrived, but clouded over and began to rain the way back down. The drive up to Haleakala is a bit tricky as it has many switchbacks and tight curves. Abide by the speed limits set, there are plenty of signs to guide you. The admission into the park itself is $10. When you park your car at the summit, you will be greeted by lots of rock formations (stay on the trail!), Chukar Partridges, and Haleakala Silversword (which is only indigenous to Haleakala).

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