Haleakala Volcano National Park in Maui
Haleakalā National Park is set on the island of Maui and covers 30,183 spectacular acres of volcanoes, forests, and coastline, of which more than 24,710 acres of the park is purely wilderness area. Originally created as part of Hawaii National Park in 1916, Haleakalā was separated from the volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa in 1961, which then became Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Today, Haleakalā National Park is divided into the coastal Kipahulu area and the summit area formed by the volcano crater. Haleakalā means "house of the sun" in Hawaiian and refers to ancient Hawaiian folklore that tells the tale of the sun god being captured and imprisoned by the demigod Maui, who wanted the sun to take more time to cross the sky. The name of the park was changed to Haleakalā National Park by order of the Hawaiian National Park Language Correction Act of 2000, which is dedicated to restoring the traditional Hawaiian spelling of names and places. To learn more about the history of Haleakalā National Park, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakalā_National_Park.
Haleakalā Crater is the main attraction at Haleakalā National Park and the park’s most famous feature. The dormant volcano last erupted in the late 1600s and today forms a spectacular crater that can be hiked into via two main trails. The Halemau'u and Sliding Sands trails will take you past cinder cones and various volcanic features and deep into the interior of the Haleakalā volcano crater, which is nearly 7 miles in diameter and more than 2,500 feet deep. An unforgettable journey, the Haleakalā Crater and volcano summit can be accessed from Hawaii state road 378 and is known for especially breathtaking views at sunrise and sunset. To learn more about seeing the volcano crater at Haleakalā National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm
Haleakalā National Park Hotel
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers the ideal location for experiencing adventure on the Road to Hana. The four-star Maui resort blends elegant Hawaiian style with stylish contemporary amenities to create an unforgettable luxury beachfront Maui resort. Guests enjoy 40 acres of lush tropical playground along Ka'anapali Beach, sleekly styled guestrooms with private lanai overlooking the ocean and mountains, an award-winning spa, fitness center, four restaurants and five lounges, Son'z Maui wine cellar, Drums of the Pacific Luau entertainment, , atrium lobby, championship Kaanapali Golf Course, activity desk, Wi-Fi, gift shops, as well as on-site recreation, half-acre swimming pool surrounded by waterfalls, a lava rock grotto, a 150-foot waterslide, plus a business center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of elegant event and wedding space.
Kipahulu Coastal Region
Kipahulu is the coastal region of Haleakalā National Park. Inaccessible from the Haleakalā summit area, visitors must drive for 12 miles along the famous Hana Highway to reach Kipahulu. Amazingly, Haleakalā National Park is home to more endangered species than any other American national park. As a volcano ecosystem, many of the flora and fauna species present have undergone unique adaptations in order to survive. To protect these precious species, many areas of the Kipahulu coast are highly restricted to visitors by car but there are miles of self-guided hiking tours, which you can receive more information about at the Kipahulu Visitor Center. Try the 4-mile Pipiwai trail, which goes through the black lava of `Ohe`o Gulch, but take care to observe weather warnings and sudden flooding. Kipahulu offers a chance to see whales, dolphins, and turtles, as well as countless forms of sea life. To learn more about Kipahulu attractions, visit www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/kipahulu.htm.
Haleakala High Altitude Observatory Site
The Haleakala High Altitude Observatory site is located nearby the Haleakala visitor center. One of world’s most important scientific observation sites, the Haleakala Observatory has offered scientists clear skies and superb viewing conditions for more than 40 years. Under the management of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, the famed Hawaiian observatory has been the site of astrophysical experiments that would not be possible to conduct almost anywhere else on the planet. The 10,000 foot altitude places the Haleakala Observatory above the tropical inversion layer and more than one-third of the Earth’s atmosphere, which accounts for its leading reputation among ground based observatories. To learn more about the Haleakala Observatory, visit www.ifa.hawaii.edu/haleakala/