1961: National Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteThis Park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala, in eastern Maui. The peak is just over 10,000 feet high, and this Park protects the fragile ecosystem of Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along Oheo Gulch, and many rare and endangered species. This Site was originally one of two units of the Hawaii National Park (along with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park).
What You're Going to SeeHey, it's Hawaii. How can you go wrong? Haleakala offers bird- and bat-watching, bicycling, hiking, picnicking, star-gazing, sunrise and sunset watching, swimming, walking, and whale-watching. Whew! I'm exhausted already. There are three visitors centers with plenty to see and do. I can't wait to take a hike on the summit.
Technically, Haleakala is still an active volcano. Aauuughh! However, the last eruption occurred in 1790, so you might be okay.
Personal ObservationsI was in Hawaii about ten years ago, long before my National Parks mania took seed. I was smart enough to see Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the U.S.S. Arizona, but not the other treasures Hawaii has to offer. So although I don't have any current plans to go back, I want to. I want to. I want to.
Getting ThereFrom Kahului, take route 37 east about nine miles to Pukalani, then go south on route 377 for about 5 miles, then take route 378 eastward to get to the Park. It could take up to two hours. Mountain roads, you know.
Nearby AttractionsGee, Hawaii is easy to figure out.