“Rare And Sacred Landscape”
This special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. The park also cares for endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else. Come visit this special place - renew your spirit amid stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forest with an unforgettable hike through the backcountry. Of the cultural resources we have inherited from the past, it is the knowledge, traditions, songs and stories shared by people of today that give life to the Haleakalā landscape. Native Hawaiians have lived on andmalama (cared for) the land for over 1000 years. Important cultural places and sites are found within the Summit and Kīpahulu areas of Haleakalā National Park and are spoken of in numerous Hawaiian mele (songs/ chants) and legends. Your visit to Haleakalā National Park might include a glimpse of a rare native bird, a hands-on experience with Hawaiian culture, breezes through the bamboo forest, or warm sun on your back as you hike a volcanic landscape. First you have to choose the experience you are looking for and find out where to discover it. Do you want to spend the day visiting the summit area of the park? Or the coastal area? Do you have two days available so you can experience both? Perhaps you can spend a few days and plan an overnight adventure. Whatever you choose, be sure you are prepared for your experience - remember that both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas are remote, natural areas with few ammenities.
The view from up here is just about impossible to beat. Its quite a long drive (especially if your staying on a different area of the island like I was). Also it is rather cold up here before the sunrises so bring blankets and all the warm clothes you can find. Basically you want to arrive right before sunrise and watch the orange and yellow colors of sunrise from above the clouds overlooking the islands and ocean. It will be a memory you won't forget!
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Haleakala National Park
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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