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“A must see if you are vacationing on Maui.”

Haleakala National Park
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Maui: Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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“A must see if you are vacationing on Maui.”
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

If you're on Maui for more than 3 days, you should see Haleakala. It's a dormant volcanic crater and it looks like what you'd imagine the moon would look like. The views can be spectacular, but make sure you go early in the a.m. before the clouds/fog roll in. Also be sure to wear a sweatshirt or jacket b/c it's chilly up there! Sometimes you will see hues of pink and purple throughout the crater. Stunning.

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“Wake Up for Clouds”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We got up about 2:30 a.m. and departed Lahaina shortly after. It took about 2.5 hours, we arrived to take a 30 minute nap before the so called "world's greatest sunrise." Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans. Even though it was cloudly, freezing from the extreme winds, the experience and view was breath-taking. Yes, it was not what we were expecting, but an experience all together. Dress warm, and do not wear slippers a.k.a. flip flops. Oh, and a head lamp.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful every minute”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We slept in and did not do the sunrise thing. We left Kihei at 9 and got to the park gates around 11. The twisty drive was fun and beautiful We've had some really overcast, drizzly days so we weren't sure what to expect. The clouds made it even more dramatic. We actually drove through cloud tunnels and popped out of the cloud layer into sunshine several times.

At the 10k foot summit, the view was dramatic with giant clouds sweeping across the crater and valleys. The temp at Kihei was 78 but the temp at the summit was 46, so bring long pants, polar fleece, rain jacket etc. Hiking boots are a must if you are going to walk any of the trails. The rocks are loose and the trails are rough, but well worth the effort. We did the short walk at Leleiwi and the trail down into the crater from the visitors' center near the top. We did 2+ miles down which was not tiring, but tricky in spots because of the loose sand/rocks, but coming up is pretty hard if you are not acclimated to high altitude as we were. Having spent the last week at sea level is not a good prep for a hike at 10k feet. We gave ourselves plenty of time and took about an hour to go down and an hour and 45 to return....with plenty of stops to take photos and catch our breath on the way up.

The colors and scenery are spectacular...they change with every moment. Make sure you have a fully charged camera with lots of memory because you will want to take a bizillion photos.

I have to give a shout out to the rangers at the summit, the visitors center and the park entrance. Each was friendly, knowledgable and engaging. Yay NPS staff....love you guys.

Visited March 2013
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“Magnificent Sunrise a Must See”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Haleakala is the House of Rising Sun so we went for the fifth time up 9,000 ft to the visitor center at sunrise. Driving from west Maui, we started at 330 am and got there at 530 with one or two parking lots left with a string of cars behind us. Sunrise was 620 which you can find out from the National Park website. Temperature was 40 degrees but freezing with the windchill. So layer up with a sweater and windbreaker if you didnt have thermal underwear as your protection against the blustery wind. The visitor center opens at 6 and is heated so get in there if you can' t stand the cold. Before it opens, try hiding in the public washroom right next to it if you dont mind the smell. By now, there should be a rim of orange light on the horizon so you could see the silhouette of craggy volcanic rocks that made up the crater rim and fluffy bluish white clouds that floated into the crater bowl. Gradually, the light began to fill in with an increasingly bright array of dawn colors. Suddenly, sharp rays of the sun bursts through the cloud with the appreciative crowd letting off a collective gasp at the majesty of it all. If there is a place on earth that quickly reminds one there is a maker up there who created this bridge between heaven and earth, this is it for me. It was a clear sky and sunny weather forecast for this visit but the last time we drive up a year ago, we also had a different but equally stunning sunrise in dense fog and freezing rain. The fog was so thick I had to drive in the middle of the road straddling the divider as the headlamps couldn't penetrate the fog to show the edges of the road with the reflectors. Still, it was a very worthwhile visit.

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“Cold & Windy”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

The drive up is interesting and the views can be spectacular if it isn't too cloudy, but it is a very cold and unpleasant wind even if you are dressed properly, so you probably won't want to stay long. But you should try it, the crater is amazing to see.

Visited March 2013
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