Haleakala National Park Things to Do

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    Leleiwi Overlook

    by Andraf Updated May 9, 2005

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    On the way to the summit of Haleakala there is an overlook that should not be, well, overlooked :) Here you'll get a different view of the crater than the one from the summit. A short trail starts from the parking lot just beyond mile marker 17 on Highway 378. The crater has different colors here, or that was my impression. In fact the sunlight and swirling clouds keep changing the hues and patterns. Now, if you're lucky (we weren't that lucky) you might encounter a strange phenomenon. Sometimes in late afternoon when the clouds are low inside the crater and the sun is right behind you, usually around sunset, you'll be able to see the reflection of your own shadow on the clouds, ringed with a rainbow. The native Hawaiians have likened the experience to seeing one’s soul.

    Leleiwi Overlook, Haleakala NP
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    Find the Big Island

    by BlueCollar Written Apr 8, 2005

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    While at the top of Haleakala, see if Mauna Kea is peaking through the clouds.

    In the center of this photo is Mauna Kea all the way over on the Big Island. It stands almost 3,800 feet higher than Haleakala and its peak is about 80 miles from this vantage point. But because of the Earth's curvature and the distance, it almost looks even.

    Be sure to check out my Big Island page for pictures looking back at Haleakala from the top of Mauna Kea.

    Mauna Kea peaking through
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    Drive to the Summit

    by derats Written Oct 2, 2004

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    Haleakala Crater Road -- one of the fastest-ascending roads in the world. This grand corniche has at least 33 switchbacks; passes through numerous climate zones; goes under, in, and out of clouds; takes you past rare silversword plants and endangered Hawaiian geese sailing through the clear, thin air; and offers a view that extends for more than 100 miles. Going to the summit takes about 2 hours from Kahului.
    As you go up the slopes the temperate drops about 3°F every 1,000 feet, so the temperature at the top can be 30°F cooler than it was at sea level. Come prepared with sweaters, jackets, and rain gear.

    Road to Haleakala
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