For your first look into the crater, stop at Leleiwi Overlook (8840ft), midway between the Park Headquarters Visitor Center and the summit. The overlook also provides a unique angle on the ever-changing clouds floating in and out. You can literally watch the weather form at your feet. From the parking lot, it’s a five-minute walk across a gravel trail to the overlook.
En route you’ll get a fine view of the West Maui Mountains and the flat isthmus connecting the two sides of Maui.