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“10,000 feet elevation - look down on the clouds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater
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Owner description: A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.
Abilene, TX
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“10,000 feet elevation - look down on the clouds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Haleakala means "House of the Sun" and this dormant volcano is absolutely stunning! The crater itself is huge and at 10,000 feet elevation, you are actually above the cloud formations. One beautiful attraction is the Silversword plant which only grows at 7,000 feet elevation and above. It blooms only once in its life cycle and the wind carries seeds to propagate the plant's survival. Don't miss this view and if you're wanting an unforgettable experience, sign up to watch the sunrise or sunset at this beautiful vista.

Visited July 2014
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“beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

its beautiful. you can hike inside the crater. I have riden a bike down the crater also. its a wonderful experience

Visited July 2014
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“Here comes the sun...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I, along with our friends, made the trek up to Mt. Haleakala to see the sunrise on our recent trip to Maui.

We left our hotel in Kaaanapali at 3:30 a.m. Looking back, we wish we would have left earlier, we would have seen more stars and the changing colors of the sky up on the mountain.

Leaving earlier can also help in getting a parking spot up at the visitor's center or at the summit. Parking is very limited!

Dress warmly! It was 46 degrees up on the mountain, which can be a bit of a shock when you are coming up from the beach.

The sun rose at 5:51 a.m. and it was a beautiful sight. To see the sun peek out over the horizon a little at a time is an amazing experience.

After the sun rose, many people left the mountain. We stayed up to doing a little hiking and sightseeing. We saw the silversword plants-plants that only grow on Haleakala.

I would definitely recommend taking the time to drive up to Haleakala for sunrise. It is a wonderful experience to see a new day dawning.

Visited July 2014
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“Haleakala Sunrise is an Amazing, Life-Changing Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014

There are a few things that I have on my travel "bucket list" so to speak, and a few entries are seeing a Hawaiian Sunrise as well as visiting a Volcano (in this case a dormant one as opposed to Mauna Kea on the big Island). Haleakala, on the island of Maui, not only meets that desire, it exceeds it hugely and redefines how truly beautiful nature can be.

The summit of Haleakala is 10,000 feet above sea level, well above the tree line as well as (and this is key for the Sunrise Tour in particular) the cloud line. You get up to the crater in the pitch black with the clearest stars you have ever seen in your life surrounding your entire vista. At the top, they have a small visitor's center run by the National Park Service showing a full diagram of the geology of the volcano and the story of the demigod Maui trapping the sun according to Hawaiian folklore (where the island got its name).

A note - the top of the volcano is very cold (about 35-40 degrees F in early August), especially with the incredibly strong winds that occur up there. I highly recommend bringing windbreakers of some kind as well as a fleece/down layer that can be easily shed.

Over the course of 45 minutes - 1 hour, you'll see the full range of what Claude Monet referred to as "Painter's Colors" - the beautiful full spread of blues, oranges reds and violets dancing across cloud formations, changing by the minute. If you enjoy photography, this is a must-do.

While many took busses/cars back down the mountain after sunrise, we chartered one of the many biking companies and rode bikes back down the mountain - literally no pedaling required, one of the easiest and leisurely experiences that you can possibly have on a bike, all the while riding through the foothills of the volcano, a Eucalyptus forest and a Lavender farm.

In short, this is something you do not want to miss on Maui, or if you are anywhere in Hawaii for any amount of time for that matter.

Visited August 2014
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“Good place for sunrise and sunset.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

I went to the summit of Haleakala for both sunset and sunrise. I enjoyed them both. I did a number of short hikes in the park. I didn't know anything about the longer hikes until I got there and I wasn't prepared to do them although they did sound interesting.

Visited July 2014
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