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Reviewed January 20, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our trip to the summit of Haleakalā. Our drive from West Maui, Kaanapali, to the summit took 2 hours driving time. We stopped at the 7000 feet ranger station to listen to the ranger speak about the unique endangered Hawaiian state bird, Nene. From there we continued to the summit visitor center. There was a 30 degree difference between sea level and the summit at over 10,000 feet. Luckily we remembered from previous trips to bring a jacket and comfortable hiking shoes. There were many different hiking trails and the opportunity to see the unique plant and animal life endemic to Haleakala. We had taken plenty of water and snacks as there were no food vendors in the park. We enjoyed our day in Haleakala National Park, offering us a view of the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020 via mobile

A long and twisty road leads above the clouds to a great view of the crater and other mountains along with the ocean. You'll feel on top of the world here.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

We did not come to watch sunrise but came late in the morning to hike Sliding Sands and it was very windy. They sell knitted hats at the visitor center for a reason, it was cold to hike but the strength of the wind was not constant throughout the summit hike as the trail turns many times. It is not easy as you go down before going back up. The ranger told us “ to listen to your body” so that we turn back earlier if needed , but since going down is easier we went almost all the way down, more than we should have. The views were spectacular but do pace yourself. It takes twice as long to go up as it takes to go down.if you are concerned you cannot do the whole hike or even part of it, it is worth it to just see the start of the hike as you see the crater

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

The weather on Haleakala is very fickle but even cloudy, wet days can offer special treats. On the lower third of the road we were treated to a beautiful rainbow visible at many points. The summit was very cold and windy in the clouds but that is quite typical of any mountaintop. There were a couple of breaks in the cloud which gave a glimpse of the crater. On our last visit, it was clear and warm and we hiked down the crater but not this time or we would have become ice statues! Despite the weather, the overlook views of Maui and the changing vegetation with elevation is well worth the trip. The rainbow was a special treat one does not get on warm, clear days.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank BRIAN F
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

Drive up to Haleakala is great. Watch out for the Nene birds. We have never seen one, but the Ranger told me that they do really exist. Got up to the crater and it was cloudy, but went into the Ranger Station and it cleared up a bit so it was worth the wait. Long range views everywhere, small walks so you can see all the vegatation and get a look at the rocks in the area. Road up to Haleakala is very good, gentle turns and easy for folks to drive. Visit the Ranger station and for only $1.00 donation you can get a paper plaque to show you were a visitor. Fun for kids. Nice gift shop at the top of the volcano. Great visit for folks of all ages.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank ShaverNancy
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