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“Cold but pretty!”

Haleakala National Park
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“Cold but pretty!”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

We awoke early and drove to see the sunrise. We took family who had never been there. They have a phone number to call about the weather but it was not accurate. We did not have a good view this time. The other times we came we had really great sunrises. It was again extremely cold. We brought very warm clothes long pants and blankets and I brought gloves. The tourist center is interesting and less crowded after the sunrise.

Visited April 2014
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“Sunrise worth the early start and cold”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Best to visit on the first day in Hawaii before your internal clock adjusts to the Hawaiian time zone. If you don't want to hike up to the summit, make sure to get there early as the parking lot at the summit will be full for the sunrise. Also bring lots of warm clothing and a blanket as it is extremely cold and windy at sunrise. For people looking to do more than just seeing the sunrise, there are great hiking trails into the crater or join a biking tour down the volcano.

The $10 per vehicle fee is valid for 3 days and can be used if doing the Road to Hana while visiting Ohe'o Gulch and the Seven Sacred Pools.
Highly recommend the GyPSy Maui apps for a simple to use GPS audio tour for Haleakala (and also the Road to Hana).

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

I can’t imagine missing an opportunity to visit Haleakala National Park to learn about volcanoes and look into its crater. You can ride your bike (and enjoy coasting down), hike, or simply enjoy looking into the crater. Pack a sandwich and enjoy the day. And here’s an idea especially for your children: Purchase a “Passport to Your National Parks” book (~$10) and each time you visit a national park, your child can get his passport stamped (get one for yourself too)! For an additional $3.00, purchase a “sticker” that your child can paste into the passport (both available at the top). This inexpensive purchase could turn into a life-long goal for visiting all our beautiful parks. My grandson loves his!
Always check the weather before going. It can be sunny on the coast but the “mountain” makes its own weather so there are times when the drive up the “mountain” could turn out disappointing due to clouds and rain.

Visited April 2014
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“My favorite hiking area on Maui”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

I've been hiking in Haleakala Crater for more than 40 years and it is beautiful and majestic. You can hike up to 12 miles a day and gain up to 2,500 feet, You can be as high as 10,000 feet or as low as 6,000 feet, so it provides a significant challenge for most hikers. It can be sunny or cloudy and windy. The landscape ranges from rain forest to cinders cones and lava flows. And there are native plants that are found only in Hawaii or only in the Crater. It is a very unique experience!

Visited March 2014
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“Worth the effort...”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

First, let me acknowledge that experiencing the sunrise atop Haleakala takes some planning and effort. It takes a bit more (maybe a lot more) effort than most would expect to put forth during a vacation on Maui. OK… disclaimer complete. Now, go do it! I am very confident that you won't regret experiencing this stunning display of nature's beauty.

A few notes:
1.) Leave the driving to them… Book the excursion through one of the several services that offer sunrise viewings. Most package the sunrise experience with an early bike ride down the mountain. Again, I strongly recommend doing the ride. Providers offer hotel direct pick-up and drop off with coffee and a snack provided. Don't be shocked when they tell you that your adventure begins at 1:45am (trust me… totally worth it). Expect to pay $125-$150/person (not including gratuity for your guides). Bring some cash for tip (20% is nice) and a post sunrise breakfast (most providers stop during the ride at a local eatery-not all take cards).
2.) It will be COLD (relatively so)… You will be warned by your excursion provider and/or concierge but I will mention it again… dress in layers. Travelers visit Hawaii, in part, because temps at your resort, hotel or condo will be in the 80s. Not so much at 9,000 feet above sea level. Check the weather for Haleakala National Park before you start packing. Weather is unpredictable up there but some long pants (sweats or the like) over your shorts, a hoodie and, depending on your sensitivity to cold, a jacket should be just right.
3.) Expect a long drive… It takes awhile to pick-up all the participants from each of the participating hotels and then out to the various providers' "base camp." The van ride to the summit is a bit serpentine so if you suffer from severe car sickness, this might not be for you.

Visited May 2014
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