Catch the raw beginnings of the world-making where the spirit of Haleakala was born.
In the midst of the Pacific Ocean on the island of Maui sits the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala. Maui is made up of two volcanoes where the lush West Maui mountains form the smaller part while the enormous Haleakala sits on the other 728 square miles of land that make up the rest of Maui. The last eruption was in the early 16th century where the giant craters today resemble the landscape of Mars. Haleakala is not like all volcanoes, Haleakala is a shield volcano characterized by it’s shallow sloping sides. Many, many thin lava slides created this landscape and ⅔ of this volcano shield sits below the water. Molokini island is just one of the craters peeking out from this incredible Haleakala. When you add what you can’t see to what you can see Haleakala is taller than Mt. Everest. The craters sits 30,000 feet high and is full of basalt rock. It’s one of the toughest places in the world for anything to survive. Ice or frost and can appear anytime in the year and rain water is driven straight through the porous rock. The Silversword plant is one of the rarest plants in the world found only at Haleakala.
The summit of Haleakala represents a lot of things to the indigenous people of Hawai’i. The spiritual use of Haleakala was for mediation and for receiving spiritual wisdom by said lead priests. All who visit should strive to become sensitive to the subtleties of nature and the culture of the this sacred place. Consider the history of Haleakala, this summit demands and deserves respect. It’s a place of prayer Ala hea ka la – the path to the calling sun.
Absorb the ambiance of Haleakala. Loaded with an abundance of lookouts, hiking trails and breathtaking views 24 hours a day. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times to visit. We suggest checking the webcam for good weather before you make your trip up.
Another popular Haleakala activity is taking a downhill mountain bike trip at your own pace. No lines, no time table just pure fun!
The hiking is endless. The park’s most popular trail, Pipiwai, is actually at sea level, meandering for 4 miles along Maui’s southeast coast to the Waimoku Falls and the Seven Sacred Pool of Oheo Gulch. The hike takes three to five hours to complete, but you’ll walk away with some stunning photos.
No matter how you choose to experience Haleakala, weather is key! Tuned in and call the ranger station to check what day works best to make your trip up and most have enjoy everything about Haleakala.