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“The silent giant”

Haleakala National Park
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Maui: Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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Carmichael, California
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“The silent giant”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Many people don't realize that the Haleakala people see is literally only the tip of the iceberg. The east side of Haleakala continues down 18,000 feet below sea level. The crater on top of Haleakala is where astronauts trained for landing on the moon. You can ride horses across the crater. Clear sunrises are spectacular but cold; bring warm clothing. On clear days you can see the big island of Hawaii. The silversword plant grows only on the top of Haleakala. The switchback road can test your patience and your car's brakes, but the trip is worth it. The seven pools on the east side of Haleakala National Park are also interesting if you decide to go to Hana and beyond. Also, visit the towns "up country" on the west slope of Haleakala.

Visited May 2013
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Newton, MA
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“Parking straight ahead: 10,023'”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Haleakala is surreal, it takes you back in time. I opted to drive up in the early afternoon to hike and take pictures, but the ride-down-on-bike trips that are offered looked like a lot of fun too. There are two visitor's centers on the drive up to the summit, one at 7000' and the other at 9,740'. The view from 9.740' is a photographer's dream and panorama shots and movies will amaze you in the weeks and months after your trip.

You meet people from all over the world and yet feel like you're on another planet. There's an observation deck and an observatory up at the summit at 10,023' and from there you look down at the parking lot, the landscape and then the clouds. I've driven up to the Alpine Visitor's Center in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado at 11,796' and it's a similar awe-inspiring sensation.

I went in May and didn't need the extra clothes I brought, but water you'll need and a snack or something is a good idea too. I'd love to go back and see a sunset or a sunrise.

When you think the world has gone crazy, Haleakala is one of those places that reminds you it's also a beautiful world.

Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Cold but worth it. Plan on a nap later that day and go as early as you can bear. Wear all the clothes you have and bring blankets. The stars before the sun comes up are worth it alone. We might go back and do sunset as well.

Visited May 2013
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Kennewick, Washington
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“Beautiful views and a must see on your drive on the Road to Hana”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

There are a number of trails at the park and some ranging from 1/2 a mile up to as long as 3 days worth of walking trails. This is a huge wilderness area with over 30 miles of trails. There is plenty of parking and restrooms are available.$10 per car

Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Amazing sunset”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Went to the mountain to see the sunset, even though Lonely Planet advised against it. We drove two hours from Paia and arrived at 6pm, just above the rain clouds, we watched a glorious sunset by 6:50. Well worth the $10 entrance fee, that gives you access for three days.

Visited May 2013
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