Haleakalā National Park is a scenic national park known as “House of the Sun.” It extends from the 10,023 foot (3055m) summit of Haleakalā down the southeast flank of the mountain to the Kīpahulu coast near Hana. The park features a dormant volcano and diverse landscapes ranging from lush waterfalls and streams to red deserts and rock gardens.
Haleakala is well-known for spectacular sunrises and its many hiking trails. Reservations are required for sunrise viewing from the summit district. It is advised that you check the current conditions and closures prior to visiting the park. For more information, visit the National Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm.
Haleakala National Park is located at:
30,000 Haleakala Hwy
Kula, HI 96790
Image: Haleakala National Park by Wikimedia Commons user Niagara66
Known as the “Seven Sacred Pools,” the Pools of Oheo features tiered pools that are fed by waterfalls and streams. The Pools are located in Oheo Gulch, on Highway 31 on the lower slopes of Haleakala National Park. Because the Pools of Oheo are part of Haleakala National Park, park fees include access to both the pools and the summit of the park.
Swimming at the pools is not recommended as heavy rains at higher elevations trigger flash flooding and rock slides in ‘Ohe’o Gulch. Weather conditions at higher elevations are not always visible from the park.
The Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park can be accessed by driving 12 miles past the town of Hāna, on the famous Hāna Highway that circumscribes the northeast coast of the island of Maui.
For more information, visit the National Parks Page at https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm.
The Pali Trail is a challenging 5-10 mile hike with stunning panoramas of the central valley, Haleakala and the Maalaea coastline. In the 1800’s this trail was hand-built for horseback and foot travel between Wailuku and Lahaina. Do not be surprised when you encounter steady and strong winds during this hike — The trail winds up steep rocky hills and passes through the middle of a wind farm.
More info and directions can be found at: https://www.maui-hikes.com/lahaina-pali-trail.
Hike through the clouds on this breathtaking ridge trail. The 5-mile trail takes you through the lush rainforest valley as you ascend 1500 feet with spectacular views of the ocean and Maui’s isthmus. The flora and fauna features many varieties of ferns, kukui, guava, and ohia as well as several birds unlike any you’ve seen around the world.
Start your hike early for a cloudless view of Waihe’e Valley. For more information see the Maui Guidebook: http://mauiguidebook.com/adventures/waihee-ridge-trail/.
The ʻĪao Needle, one of Maui’s most iconic natural landmarks can be found in the lush valley of Central Maui. The landmark is a 1200-ft remnant of a volcano that is covered with vegetation. The valley is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.
The site is open daily from 7:00am – 6:00pm with entrance and parking fees for non-residents. For more information and for park updates, visit the Hawaii State Parks website at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/maui/iao-valley-state-monument/.
ʻĪao Valley State Park is located at:
54 S. High St
Wailuku, HI 96793