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Haleakala National Park
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

If you're visiting Maui, you just have to go there! This is a leisurely half-day trip from anywhere on the island. There's a fee to get into the National Park, but it's well-worth the money. Where else can you get to 10,000 feet on a well-paved, casually winding road and be looking down on the clouds. On a clear day, you can see the two mountain tops on The Big Island. There's a visitor center, but no concession stands. So take water and a light jacket. Go for sunset or sunrise. Both will set you back, as one of the most incredible sights you've ever seen!

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We didn't get up early enough to see the sunrise, but we did go early in the day and it was wonderful. There is a small fee to get into the park, but it's worth it. We hiked a couple miles down the Sliding Sands trail and the colors and views were magnificent.

Thank Bonnie S
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

A trip to view the sunrise is a must at least once. The view of the star filled skies prior to the sunrise is worth the drive alone. Once the sun rises and the caldera is revealed, in all it's glory, the beauty of Haleakala is evident. The temperature is very cold so take jackets and blankets, and prepare for crowds.

There is a ten dollar fee for a passenger vehicle to enter the park, but the fee is good for three days. There are tour companies that take visitors to the park to view the sunrise.

Thank Hiltin
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The summit of Haleakala to the base of Maui under the ocean is the tallest stretch of land in the world (taller than Everest)!

With that said, most people go the summit for a glimpse at the sunrise, or sunset, depending on what suits your schedule/desires.

Word of advice: arrive early!! If the sunrise is at 5:30am, be at the summit parking lot by 4:30am. Why...? Here a few reasons
1. You will have to jockey with all the noobs that show up 20min before the sunrise and use either a smart phone and take pictures from INSIDE their car (are you serious..?) or the I-spent-$5000-on-this-camera-and-have-no-idea-what-I-am-doing crowd.
2. If you show up late and you are driving up to the summit, your headlights are going to piss off all of the people trying to take some longer exposures of the sunrise and stars. Don't be that guy.
3. Bottom line, if you are late, the parking lots can fill up and the viewpoints are crowded, so be early.

With that said, I setup a tripod near the shelter at the summit and had great views the whole time. The only problem was people kept bumping into me or walking in front of my camera while I was taking video. No problem, it is what it is. Next time, I would definitely hike to a vantage point above the crater where not as many people would gather to really get a good view and have some space to operate.

Overall, great attraction and cool experience!

PS- I camped in Hosmer Grove Campground inside the park the night before, so the drive to the summit was only 15mins... something to consider

Thank DrewSkeez
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Haleakala National Park is not just the summit of the volcano as some reviewers seem to describe. The Park covers an area of 33,265 acres. The entrance of the entire park is $10 and is good for a three day period. The park is divided into two distinct sections: the summit area and the coastal Kipahulu area.

The Kipahulu area includes the Ohe'o Gulch (25 pools, 0.5 mile walk), Waimoku Falls, Pipiwai Trail (4 mile hike, waterfalls, bamboo forest). This area is along the Hana Highway and CANNOT be missed. It is truly incredible and like nowhere else on the island. From here I recommend taking the loop of the Hana Highway instead of returning the same way you came. Ask the Park Ranger if the road is fully open, as it can sometimes be flooded.

The summit area includes Haleakala Crater, the summit of the volcano, and the area surrounding the summit. This part of the park is accessed by Hawaii state road 378. There are separate reviews for this portion, but they basically say: amazing views, great hiking, bring warm clothes and snacks, and avoid the crowds at sunrise.

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