Haleakala National Park Travel Guide

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Haleakala National Park Things to Do

  • Hosmer Grove

    Right near the park entrance is the Hosmer grove. This is a really interesting area, as it is home to invasive tree species. The trail is very short. I think the entire loop is only half a mile, and it is a really nice trail, because you will get to see habitat that is completely different from the rainforests, Hawaii is famous for. I would...

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  • Bike down the Mountain

    And you can rent (in advance of going up) a bike and do a ~22mile downhill decent from the peak to the water's edge. What a blast!Cruise down the some 10,000 ft vertical, over ~22 miles of road and some ~33 switchbacks. All of the road is down hill except for a 2 mile stretch.You'll want a specialized bike for this. Standard rubber brakes will melt...

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  • Visitor's Center Information

    Up at the top, we went to the visitor's center and there were models of the volcano so I could see the road that we just were on (and which we would have to go back down). I took pictures of the volcano models. Then outside the ranger had a clipboard with various kinds of volcanic rock for us to identify (photo2)

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  • Visitor's Center Visit

    Almost every national park has a really informative Visitor's Center. It pays to visit the center to find out about the park.Actually this park has three visitor's centers. All are open daily year round, subject to staff availability. I have only been to the two at the top of the mountainPark Headquarters7:00 am to 4:00 pm One mile from the park...

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  • Stars and Sunrise

    The ship offered a sunrise visit to the volcano crater at Pu'u Ula Ula (Red Hill), the pinnacle of Haleakala, at 10,023 feet. Continental breakfast is served, prior to sunrise. The pick-up time is at 3:30 am. There is an observatory up here (not open to visitors) because the air is very clear up here so another activity that is possible is to come...

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  • Endemic Silversword

    Endemic means the plant grows nowhere else in the world. The bus driver reminded us that even walking on the area around the plant might kill it. They have wide shallow root systems which can be damaged by walking on them. Silverswords were being destroyed by non-native goats, sheep cattle and pigs, so the park is fenced and has cattle guards to...

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Haleakala National Park Restaurants

  • Coffee Snack and Bathroom Stop

    This was the place where we had a bathroom and snack stop - we got here right about noon. They advertise hot coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, gifts and the Protea Flower Gardens. I understand that some of the cycle tour people also stop here.I didn't go in and buy anything, but I did take some pictures of flowers in the vicinity.

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  • We sped by

    As we sped down the road toward the ship, the bus driver mentioned this place, but I was only able to get this blurry photo of it, and of course we didn't stop so I can't review the placeTheir website says:Perched high above the green hills of Kula on the Valley Island of Maui, the Kula Lodge and Restaurant is a comfortable place to relax on the...

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  • Kula Lodge Pizza

    If you stop by Kula Lodge between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm or between 4.00 and 5.00 pm the restaurant is closed but they will serve you pizza on the outdoor patio. You don't get the same views of the island from the patio but you'll get a view of the garden that boasts many beautiful flowers (you can stroll through the garden). I had the "Pizza...

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Haleakala National Park Nightlife

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    by shadowmon Written Feb 22, 2003

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    well there's not much activity unless you want to look at the stars. Usually greatviewing unless there are high level clouds, You are usually above the cloud line when yyou get up to the summit. Be warned, temps at the summit can get as cold as 35 degrees farenheit

    Dress Code: Warm clothes, tennis shoes and hats, temps can get cold up there. Flashlights and water.

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Haleakala National Park Transportation

  • Bus Tour

    The road up to the park is filled with switchbacks. My tour ticket said that I should not take this tour if I was prone to motion sickness. To illustrate: Our bus driver told this jokeA priest, a minister and a Haleakala bus driver approached the Pearly Gates. The priest was first and St. Peter told him to wait. The minister was second and St....

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  • Horse Rental

    Although my mother (Beth) is a horse trainer, I am not at all interested in riding. I did see these horses at the top of the volcano

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  • Haleakala by car

    You need some sort of motorized vehicle to go to Haleakala so I recommend getting a rental car. There are also tour operators that offer bus rides to Haleakala for those who are scared of the drive. The road climbs quickly and is twisting and narrow at times. You will see numerous signs telling motorists to watch out for cyclists, which use this...

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Haleakala National Park Shopping

  • Squawking Bird

    The non-profit Hawaii Natural History Association (HNHA) operates three bookstores at Haleakala National Park. HNHA also maintains an online bookstore. Proceeds directly benefit research, educational, and environmental programs at Haleakala National Park I bought this little stuffed bird as a present for my little sister. It squawks when you press...

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  • National Park Gift Shop

    This shop has items to purchase for gifts or for greater understanding of the Hawaiian volcanoes. Proceeds from the sales in park visitor centers and the web site are returned directly to the Park Service. There is also an on-line store. # Birds and Biology# CD-ROM & Screen Savers# Clothing# Culture and History# Field Guides# For Children#...

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Haleakala National Park Local Customs

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    by shadowmon Written Feb 22, 2003

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    There are wild nene geese which are a part of a repopulation effore to help get this endangered species back in the wild. they look a lot like a canadian goose.
    The park service doesnt like people who feed or bother them.

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Haleakala National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude Sickness

    Mt. Haleakala is the largest mountain in the Pacific. Of course they count from the sea floor and the usual mountain height is calculated from sea level. Even so it is tall.The ticket for this tour said not to take it if you had heart or lung problems (because of the altitude) or if you were prone to motion sickness (because of the bus trip up the...

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  • Park Rules and Recommendations

    Stay on designated trails. (photo 4) Off-trail hiking can kill plants such as the silversword which has wide shallow rootsNo feeding of the Nene. Feeding them makes them tame and tame ones often get hit by cars (photo 5)Enter on foot - no bikes allowed on trails. Other prohibited activities include: hunting, use of firearms, rollerblading, and...

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  • Watch for na nene crossing the road

    The nene (nay-nay), or Hawaiian goose, is found here on the high slopes of Haleakala. They are famous for not yielding, either out of defiance or just plain stupidity, to vehicle traffic. So, please do your part in helping preserve this endangered animal and yield to it if you see one on the road.Return to my Maui page.Return to my main Hawai`i...

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Haleakala National Park What to Pack

  • Bring A Jacket, Long Pants, and a Beanie

    I know, that's probably the LAST thing you expected to hear, but when you're 10,000 ft. above sea level, it can get really cold, even in Hawaii. I knew it would be cold, but didn't know how cold. I went up there in shorts, and a long shirt, thinking it would be enough, and it was below 30 degrees. It probably wouldn't have been so bad, except for...

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  • Dress Warmly for Haleakala!

    I suggest bringing long pants and a sweatshirt or jacket for the top of Haleakala. You can always layer them over your shorts and t-shirt and take them off when you return to the base. It is very chilly and windy! If you don't want to pack bulky clothing for just this one place, then at least have a pair of pants and you can always wrap a beach...

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Haleakala National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Kula Botanical Garden

    Located just outside the national park, near the slopes of the volcano is the beautiful Kula Botanical Garden. This beautiful 8 acre garden was established in 1968, and is said to be the most beautiful botanical garden on Maui, and one of the most beautiful in Hawaii.In addition to its hundreds of native, and non native plants, the garden also has...

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  • Hosmer Grove

    Hosmer Grove is a half mile long trail through a small forest of introduced trees. At the beginning of the 20th century, Hosmer planted different kinds of trees like pine, spruce, cedar and eucalyptus, as an experiment to see if they would survive in Hawaii's climate. He was trying to develop a timber industry on Maui. Some of the trees survived,...

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Haleakala National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Trails on Horseback

    We saw these horses up at the summit. Apparently a company called Pony Express Tours does rides both at the Crater and lower. They also have a ranch (photo 2) down lower on the volcano that offers ziplines.These horses were probably for the Ka Moa O Pele Junction RideThis ride descends Sliding Sands Trail to the Crater floor 2500 ft. below where a...

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  • Ride down the Switchbacks

    Our bus driver pointed several biking possibilities. (It goes without saying that I have not done either of them). He said that the motorcyclists loved to come up on Sunday because there were no police up on the crater to catch them speeding.We also followed people who picked one of the other possible tours from the ship. This was a regular bicycle...

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Haleakala National Park Favorites

  • Silversword

    Because the island arose as a volcano from the sea, all of the plants and animals arrived after traversing two thousand miles through the air or sea. Once theses organisms got there, they adapted to the harsh environment to make the species unique. More endangered species live in in Haleakalā National Park than any other national park in the...

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  • Endemic and Endangered

    The endemic species that are special to the Hawaiian islands are endangered by the mammals that people have brought to the islands. They tell us that the only mammals native to Hawaii are a species of bat and marine mammals. Rats, cows, pigs and the like eat the plants and animals of the islands which then become endangered. The National Park has...

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  • Astronomy

    One of the possible activities is to come up to the top of the crater and see the sunrise. The air is very clear and that's why they have the observatory up here.

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