Haleakalā National Park

Kula, HI
Type: Parks
(808) 572-4400

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Originally a part of the Hawaii National Park, the Haleakala National Park became a separate area in 1961. The name of the park is a Hawaiian word which means “house of the sun” because, according to the legend, it was here that the semigod Maui imprisoned the sun in order to lengthen the day.

The winding road up the mountain leads to the crater of the dormant Haleakala volcano. A visitor center, parking area and restrooms can be found near the summit while the summit area itself has another parking lot and a small observatory. The summit can be accessed via two trails: the Halemau’u and Sliding Sands trails. Three cabins are also available for hikers to stay in but reservations have to be made through the park first.

A majority of the 1.4 million annual visitors come to the park to view the spectacular sunrise and sunset as well as practice amateur astronomy.

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