Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Haleakala National Park is situated on the island of Maui, Hawaii and contains an inactive volcano. It was established as a national park in 1961 on July 1 and covers an area of around 52 square miles. Around 1.1 million visitors frequent the park each year. The park is divided into to parts, the summit and kipahulu. The summit contains the volcano's summit and Haleakala Crater. A road for vistors to access the park runs directly into this section. Seeing the sunrise from this section is a popular activity for visitors. Kipahulu and the summit are separated by an area that is off limit to the general public to protect the rainforest. Hiking and swimming are popular activities in the Kipahulu section. The park contains more endangered species than any other national parks. All of the wildlife on the island arrived here through early settlers or by migration due to the parks volcanic history.

Haleakala National Park Info


Haleakala National Park

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News

Haleakalā National Park Resume Visitor Services Following End of Government Shutdown

Haleakala National Park resumes regular operations after the enactment of a continuing resolution. Visitor Centers in the Summit District and the Kipahulu District are open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. The Pools of ‘Oheʻo in the Kīpahulu District are open and are monitored for possible flash floods.

Haleakalā National Park Regulations Are Enforced

Haleakalā National Park rangers are enforcing all regulations during the lapse in appropriated funds. Citations may be issued by law enforcement rangers. All camping, speed and traffic regulations are enforced.

Haleakalā National Park All Laws Enforced During the Government Shutdown

During the lapse in appropriated funds emergency medical response will be extremely limited and backcountry cabin permits will not be issued. All regulations are enforced.

Haleakala National Park Photos

In the Arms of an Angel

hawaiiansupaman posted a photo:

In the Arms of an Angel

I have a friend that always wanted to visit this place but never could. She passed recently. I know she saw this.

Taken n the early morning hours from the Kalahaku Lookout at the summit of Haleakala. Cloudy sky making the line up of Antares, Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and Saturn glow as the sun prepares to rise.

Haleakala sunrise on Maui

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Haleakala sunrise on Maui

Haleakala Silversword

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Haleakala Silversword

This plant is called the Haleakala silversword and grows out of the volcanic cinder of the Haleakala volcano in Maui. They can live for over 50 years and flower only once in their lifetime.

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Climb from the Crater Floor of Haleakala

Biking Nikon Maui posted a photo:

Climb from the Crater Floor of Haleakala

The next couple miles of the Sliding Sands to Switchbacks trail takes us up that face ahead of us. It starts from the Crater floor in that draw there past my brother, then crosses over that ridge in the middle of the shot, to about 1/3 from the left of this frame, then back to the right where it goes to the back side of this ridge, then back to this side, then up to that ridge way off to the left. After than it's another mile to the parking lot.

Fortunately we arrived late enough in the day for the worst heat of the sun to be done as we climbed, but it was still warm. The trail behind this ridge was in shadow which also allowed us opportunities to cool off.

Lava Gargoyle

Biking Nikon Maui posted a photo:

Lava Gargoyle

One of the countless lava rock formation that tell us of the forces that shaped this wonderful landscape. In the background are the top of a pu`u (cinder cone) to the left and the slope of another to the right.

Upturned slab

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Upturned slab

This is the side of an upturned slab of lava rock. In the background the profile of the top of a pu`u, or cinder cone.

Crater Textures

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Crater Textures

Remnants of prior lives

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Remnants of prior lives

In the back, lava rock formed from red-hot, molten magma, rising to the surface and cooling as lava in the crater. In front, the remnants of a Haleakala Silversword, having grown, bloomed, and died. But down to the left, a new, young silversword taking its place - perhaps a next generation from the one in the center of this shot.

Cinder Cone and Silversword

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Cinder Cone and Silversword

The silvery dots along the slope of this cinder cone are Haleakala Silversword. They grow nowhere else in the world. Their recovery has been slow, after a century of decimation by human impacts - through harvesting for decoration, or consumption by human-introduced animals (cattle, goats). They are staging a comeback, and each time I visit I find them in places I do not recall having seen them before. But because they rely on the unique habitat found in Haleakala Crater, at 7-10,000 feet, there is always the looming threat that global warming will proceed at a pace more rapid than their ability to adapt.

Switchbacks Trail Wall

Biking Nikon Maui posted a photo:

Switchbacks Trail Wall

Where the wall was just a cliff they built out walls to support the trail.

East from Switchbacks

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East from Switchbacks

House of the Sun

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House of the Sun

Martian Landscape (Haleaka NP)

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Martian Landscape (Haleaka NP)

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North Rim (Haleakala NP)

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North Rim (Haleakala NP)

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Moonlit Switchbacks

Biking Nikon Maui posted a photo:

Moonlit Switchbacks

Switchbacks trail, Haleakala, Maui, HI.

Note my hiking companion on the trail ahead.

Hiking Switchbacks

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Hiking Switchbacks

The Ridge

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The Ridge

Contortions of heat and stone

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Contortions of heat and stone

One of the countless lava rock formations that tell us of the forces that shaped this wonderful landscape.

In the background are the tops of at least two pu`us (cinder cones) to the left and center, and the slope of another to the right.

Please enlarge for texture.

Switchbacks Under a Waxing Moon

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Switchbacks Under a Waxing Moon

Pu`u Canyon

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Pu`u Canyon

Cinder cones on either side.
A cinder cone = a pu`u.