I will be in Maui with my family (kids are 12 and 14) in late June. We are staying in Kaanapali.
We'd like to see both Haleakala and RTH. We really don't want to take two full days to see both destinations as we think our kids will eventually lose interest in the RTH scenery/waterfalls and the Haleakala landscape (we will see a lot of volcano scenery on the Big Island). Maybe 3/4 of a day on RTH and 1/4 of a day at Haleakala.
Ideally, we'd like to avoid having to do the long drive from Kaanapali four times (round trip to RTH and round trip to Haleakala).
So.... is it possible/feasible to get an early start from Kaanapali - say 7am - drive maybe halfway along the RTH, enjoy a bunch of the waterfalls/scenery etc. Then, turn around on RTH drive North toward county road 365 and go to Haleakala in time to see some of the overlooks, maybe get in a short hike, and then enjoy the sunset?
I know this is a lot.. and we are trying to 'check two boxes' in one day...but I think this could work for us... if its feasible. Is county road 365 the right road to take? Do I need a 4x4 to drive it? How long will the drive be from halfway on RTH to Haleakala summit?
Please help with any comments you feel are appropriate. you all have been a great help in our Hawaii trip planning thus far.