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Haleakala National Park
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Maui: Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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River Falls, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
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“Interesting Stop”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

The views are really cool from the top of Haleakala. The site also had a lot of great information about the plant life and history of the national park. Just a tip-be sure to dress warm! We were so acclimated to the warmer weather by the ocean that the cold temps at the top of the mountain really took us by surprise.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Jamie P
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Manhattan, Kansas
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Sunrise on Haleakala should be on your list when you visit Maui. It is breathtaking and spiritual to watch the sunrise above the clouds. It is very cold (you are over 10.000 feet) so be prepared. The road has lots of switchbacks, so you have to go slow, so it will take some time. You will have to get up very early, so I suggest doing it early in your trip before you adjust to the time change.

Visited January 2014
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Great place, unique landscape, special history.”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Beautiful landscape, great sights. On first visit, it rained and snowed, yes, snowed. It was cold and windy. Second visit was perfect. Do the sunset as well.

Visited August 2013
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st. louis
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Go to first look- out, make sure to dress warm. You can put car in neutral most time coming back down. It is so beautiful. If there are clouds wait 20 minutes and they will be gone.

Visited May 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“If you come to Maui, you have to visit here. But wrap up warm, and caution for the light-headed!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Visiting the Haleakala Crater and the summit is a must if you come to the Maui island. The view, the landscape, is just breathtaking and has to be one of the world's best views, with perfect photo opportunities of both flora and fauna, and landscape. Those wanting to catch the sunrise should leave three hours early, considering the distance you may have to cover if coming from a hotel or resort in Lahaina or Wailea (ETA 3-4 hours) Sunset is around 5-6 PM.

The charge for entering the park is $10 if entering via the road entrance, $5 for hikers or those biking. Note that if you enter after working hours (at least after 5), the gate will be unattended and payment has to be made via a self-pay kiosk off to the side before entering. However, during our visit, the instructions were vague, and the machine seemed to be broken as it refused to accept certain coins.

No matter what time you come, it was always be sub-zero freezing up there! Definetly bring a hoodie, jumper, or windbreaker to wrap yourself warm from the endless freezing breezes if you're going to walk around at the top! The bathroom facilities too, despite being individual units at the summit, may not be comfortable to use at the temperatures there, so go at the lower visitor centre before going up to the top.

Hiking trails are available on the west side of the island that lead up to the Crater, but the easiest and less-strenuous way to climb up to the top is via a car. Consider renting a powerful or mid-range vehicle, such as a V6 Sedan or SUV, to handle the steep inclines. An underpowered compact car like a Nissan Versa or Toyota Corolla will take a lot of throttle to climb up top, and a Mustang may be too much to handle and not allow you to enjoy the view as you're supposed to! A full-tank is a must, you'll spend at least half a tank driving up and down the peak, more if you decide to climb all the way to the Summit! Watch out of any animals on the road, especially Nene, a species of bird often found within the Haleakala area.

High-altitude sickness or car-sickness can get to some when going up or down the roads, I felt it a few times driving up there.

Visited December 2013
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