Introducing Haleakalā National Park
Omnipresent Haleakalā looms over you like a goddess, taking center stage while you sun on the beach in Kihei or wind down the road to Hana.
Whether you come for sunrise or come at the height of the day, by all means get yourself here. You haven’t seen Maui – or at least, haven’t looked into its soul – until you’ve made the trek to the top of this awe-inspiring mountain. Lookouts on the crater’s rim provide breathtaking views of Haleakalā’s moonscape surface. But there’s a lot more to Haleakalā than just peering down from on high. With a pair of hiking boots you can walk down into the crater on crunchy trails that meander around cinder cones. Or saddle up and mosey down onto the crater floor on horseback. For the ultimate adventure, bring a sleeping bag and spend the night.
Haleakalā’s astonishing volcanic landscape so resembles a lunar surface that astronauts practiced mock lunar walks here before landing on the moon. Often referred to as the world’s largest dormant volcano, the floor of Haleakalā is a colossal 7.5 miles wide, 2.5 miles long and 3000ft deep – large enough to swallow the island of Manhattan.