Haleakalā National Park
Haleakalā National Park is one of the most popular attractions on Maui, and it's a must-visit for any outdoor enthusiasts. Haleakalā Crater sits at 10,023 feet above sea level and is a dormant volcano known for its dramatic landscape. Translating to "House of the Sun," Haleakalā refers to a legend of the demi-god Maui who lassoed the sun to slow its descent to set.
A visit to Haleakalā and you'll find a wide variety of things to see, including historical sites, sacred religious spots, and, of course, diverse flora and fauna. The park encompasses an alpine zone, subalpine scrublands, and dry forests. At Haleakalā you can go swimming, hiking, horseback riding, and more.
One of the top things to do in Haleakalā is the Pools of 'Ohe'o, or the Seven Sacred Pools. Located about 15 minutes south of Hana, the Pools of Oheo offer tired pools fed by waterfalls where you can take a dip in the calm waters.
View archaeological sites like platforms, pictographs, and heiau at the park. Haleakalā is also home to historic sites once used for religious ceremonies and trainings, and it was a popular burial spot for royalty.
Haleakalā National Park Sunrise
Seeing a sunrise at Haleakalā National Park is majestic, and one of the best things to do in the park. Starting in February 2017, visitors who want to view a sunrise are required to make a reservation. Visit the National Park Service website up to 60 days before your visit to reserve your spot. There will be a handful of last-minute tickets released online two days beforehand at 4 p.m. HST. Keep in mind that the reservation fee for sunrise admission does not include the park entrance fee.
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