Day 1 - 1 May 2019
Content: Haleakala National Park has two sections; the Kipahulu coastal area, and the Haleakala summit area. Haleakala means “house of the sun” and most people are familiar with the summit area as a popular, and arguably the best, sunrise viewing destination on Maui. Both sections of the park are unique and equally worth a visit during your time on Maui. Haleakala is on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. Both areas of the park require some drive time to access. The Haleakala summit is only 38 miles from the Kahului Airport but is a 1.5-2 hour drive.
Day 1 - 1 May 2019
Content: The opus of this national park is found in the summit area of the Haleakalā Crater. Standing 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala is the highest point on the island – there you are literally on the rooftop of Maui. The viewpoint is most popular at sunrise when the dawn light bursts onto a blanket of clouds that eventually gives way to a colorful cinder-cone landscape sprawled out before you. On a clear morning, you can see the islands of Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island off in the distance.
Content: Great atmosphere with authentic food. Great value for the price of the food. We recommend this place for middle eastern food cravings and for good vegetarian options. Quick service. We would highly recommend this place for quality food and atmosphere.
Content: The 24,719-acre wilderness inside the Haleakala Crater passes through a wild terrain that shows colorful, sculpted landscapes and unusual vegetation the entire way. To get a taste, you'll want to plan a day hike or backpacking adventure to see for yourself what makes this one of the most popular experiences in the park. Our recommendation is to spend a full day traversing the 11-mile Sliding Sands Trail. Desolate and artful at every turn – it is a photographer’s paradise and a hiker's dream. Along the way, you will see endangered Hawai’ian geese (the state bird, called nene) and the endangered silversword plant (ahinahina) which is endemic to the crater and looks electric against the volcanic landscape. Virtually alone in such a vast environment, you will find yourself marveling at the stillness and wondering where on Earth you actually are... it is without a doubt one of America’s most epic hiking trails!
Content: This resort is stunning. We enjoyed the most beautiful scenery, relaxed in a hammock and even saw turtles while snorkeling right in the water! The beach is pristine with soft sand and tall palm trees. The people working are kind and attentive to their guests. We enjoyed walking along the beach and laying out at the pools. It is such a beautiful place!
Day 2 - 2 May 2019
Content: In the Kipahulu district, stretching down the east side of the island, rainforest and water features converge to protect countless wildlife, birdlife, and insect species inside of a rich jungle ecosystem. The Pools of Ohe’o, AKA the “Seven Sacred Pools,” are the top draw to the area. Fed by waterfalls, the tiered plunge pools cascade like curtains feeding into the Pacific Ocean. While the pools are the draw of the area, the day hiking is fantastic as well. The easiest to tackle is the .5-mile Kuloa Point Trail leaving from the Kipahulu Visitor Center that winds to the mouth of the Ohe'o Gulch where you can take in sweeping coastal views of Kuloa Point. Heading deeper into the green heart of the park is the popular 4-mile (round trip) Pipiwai Trail where you will pass through dense vegetation thrusting you upon beautiful views of waterfalls and greenery, past an enormous Banyan Tree, until you reach a dense forest of bamboo at the top of the trail where you can get lost for awhile in an ancient landscape. This is a trail not to miss!
Content: To get from the crater and wilderness areas of Haleakala to the coastal area in Kipahulu you travel the famed Hana Highway (Hwy 31) from Maui’s northeastern shore. The road leads to the small town of Hana – an unspoiled frontier that is known as the "most Hawaiian town on the islands." Along its 54-mile paved one-lane highway you will wind through a jungle paradise while immersing in native cultural experiences along the way. A couple of sites not to be missed:
Content: Absolutely amazing! Food was so flavorful and delicious. Venue was beautiful and very clean for an outdoor eatery. Highly recommend! So glad we made it here. A helpful tip, they close at 5pm. The website says 6pm but that’s because the shop connected closes at 6pm. Get there before 5pm!
Content: Check out a beautiful black sand beach at Waianapapa Beach, yet another gorgeous stop along the highway that is home to sea caves, blow holes, a natural sea arch, and shores made of black sand. This end our trip to Haleakala National Park.