This park protects a portion of the dormant 10,000-foot-tall shield volcano that makes up most of the island of Maui, including a massive two-mile-wide crater at the volcano's summit. Visitors can see rare native birds, hike through landscapes dry with cinder cones and lush with rainforests, and explore trails through wilderness areas with waterfalls and freshwater pools.
Haleakalā means “house of the sun,” and in Polynesian folklore, the demigod Maui (for whom the island is named) is said to have climbed to the top of the mountain to lasso the sun, forcing it to travel more slowly through the sky, lengthening the day.
House of the Rising Sun
One of the most popular activities at Haleakalā is to watch the sun rise from the top of the mountain. Visitors driving to the summit must make a reservation at https://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=147940 to secure a spot.
The sunrise at the crater in Haleakala was spectacular and a special way for us to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Maui, a relatively small island, has a huge diversity of flora and geological structures.
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