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  Sunrise Haleakala
by keida84

If you happen to be traveling east to west to Maui, then I recommend you try and schedule your trip to Haleakala within the first day or two of your visit. It will be easier to get up at 3am if you want to see the sunrise atop of the summit of Haleakala.

Haleakala is the world's largest dormant volcano (it last erupted in 1790) it may be asleep but not considered inactive.

It is possible to drive up the road that climbs over 10,000 feet in 37 miles. That is a rapid ascent. If you drive drink plenty of water, some even say to take an aspirin to help with oxygen transportation (talk to your MD first about that). Go up in stages as to acclimate to the rapid change in elevation. Bring WARM clothes, yes it is the tropics but at an elevation of over 11,000 feet it gets very cold at the summit.

There are also various types of tours you can take--from bicycling down the volcano to a guided tour with breakfast on the return.

At the summit the Haleakala Visitor Center opens daily from sunrise to 3 pm. There you will find information on the vulcanology, history and geology of the park.

Phone: 808 572 4400
Website: http://http:www.nps.gov/hale

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2005
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