"Haleakala National Park" Maui Things to Do Tip by H-TownJourneyman
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Known for it's amazing sunrises, Haleakala National Park has quite a bit to offer after the sun has ascended up into the sky. The park, located on the eastern portion of the island, extends from the summit of Haleakala 10,000 ft.up, encompasses all of the Haleakala crater, then moves eastward along the Kipahulu Gap, following the many streams and waterfalls that flow from the summit, and then ends along the eastern shore of Maui near Kipahulu. But what most people come to see is the crater, which is a barren, almost alien-like landscape, contrasting drastically with the tropical beauty associated with the Hawaiian Islands. Also the climate is much different than down below, as it is much colder, drier and windy up here. Some of the best views of the crater are from the Leleiwi & Kalahalu Lookout points, where you almost feel as if you are overlooking a scenic view of Mars! You also may see a few Silverswords around, a native plant to this part of Maui, noted for the silver hairs that grow upon it. On your way up (if it is light out), and on your way back down, there are also some fantastic views of the West Maui mountains, as well as Kaho'olawe, Lana'i, & Moloka'i islands. Be sure to dress warm & bring water, as it is quite dry and windy up towards the summit. Also sunscreen is advised for any exposed skin because of the sun's intensity at this altitude. The visitor's center offers much of what you may need if you forget anything, as well as souvenirs from your visit. Admission to the park is $10 per car, but if you prefer a little more of a physical tour, many companies on the island offer to take groups up to the summit, and bike down.
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