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 Waives Entrance Fees December 5, to Honor Former President George H. W. Bush

Haleakalā National Park Waives Entrance Fees December 5, to Honor Former President George H. W. Bush

The Pools of ‘Ohe‘o in the Kīpahulu District Re-Open!

The Pools of ‘Oheʻo in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park will reopen on Thursday, December 6, 2018. The pools closed last year on January 3, 2017 when a rockslide resulted in a minor injury to a park visitor.

Haleakalā National Park Is Seeking Volunteers

Haleakalā National Park and the Pacific Whale Foundation are recruiting local volunteers for Waele ma Haleakalā, the twice-monthly invasive plant removal project. Waele translates to weed, clear, or remove weeds. A deeper meaning is that by caring for the land, the land will take care of you. The next Waele ma Haleakalā will be hosted Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Haleakala National Park Photos

Science City

Kirt Edblom posted a photo:

Science City

High atop Maui’s Haleakala, the dormant volcano that dominates the island’s landscape, “Science City” sits on a pinnacle of lava, cinders and ash formed from countless ancient volcanic eruptions. Its domes glisten in the brilliant afternoon sun above the mountain’s almost-daily flaring skirt of clouds clinging closely to its slopes like a ballerina’s tutu. From the mountain’s lofty perch Maui’s fertile Central Valley below and the West Maui Mountains, also called Kahalewai, in the distance appear as a breathtaking three-dimensional patchwork of sugar cane fields and desert while the surrounding blue Pacific, relentlessly whipped by the nearly constant trade winds, reaches in every direction to the distant horizons. But, it is what’s above Haleakala that matters most to Science City, it’s unofficial but popular name, and to the scientists, technicians, and military personnel who use the site for observing, exploring, probing, and monitoring our planet’s sun, solar system, galaxy, and, indeed, the entire universe. Officially, Science City is known as the Haleakala High Altitude Observatory. With an impressive collection of optical, radio, radar, and infrared telescopes, listening dishes, and sensing instruments, the varied observatories scan the limitless sky above on a 24/7 basis. Simultaneously they perform such diverse missions as exploring the heavens, monitoring natural and manmade space activities, tracking the growing amount of space junk, and defending the nation from missile attacks. The array of observatories at the summit site includes both science and military projects, managed by an alphabet soup of civilian, governmental and military agencies. They are supported by labs and computing facilities far below at the Advance Technology Center in Pukalani and Kihei’s Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC).

Mees Solar Observatory

Kirt Edblom posted a photo:

Mees Solar Observatory

Considering that Haleakala inspired Mark Twain to remark, “I felt like the last man, neglected of the judgment, and left pinnacled in mid-heaven, a forgotten relic of a vanished world,” it’s no wonder that soul searchers and stargazers from around the globe flock to Haleakala, which draws roughly 2.2 million visitors per year. To reach its acme, motorists must ascend 10,023 feet in a mere 38 miles—rendering the road to Haleakala one of the steepest routes for cars in the world. Twenty-nine switchbacks comprise the stunning course, sending travelers through vastly diverse ecological systems that range from lush to barren. Given the richness of its placement on Earth, Haleakala could very well be considered a direct reflection of the heavens Science City was established to study.

On the Edge

Kirt Edblom posted a photo:

On the Edge

Standing on the edge looking down on the Maui valley 10,000 feet below.

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the bamboo forest. original image www.kevindowie.com

Pipiwai Trail

Peter Liu Photography posted a photo:

Pipiwai Trail

Pipiwai Trail, Maui, Hawaii. Photography by Peter Liu.

Waimoku Falls

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Waimoku Falls

Waimoku Falls, Pipiwai Trail, Maui, Hawaii. Photography by Peter Liu.

Haleakala National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Haleakala is "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.

Haleakala is a massive shield volcano. Of note, there are more endangered species in this national park than any other site in the park system.

The view of the crater from the visitors' center at 9,740 feet (2,969 m).

The surface on the volcano looks like a moonscape.

Haleakala National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Haleakala is "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.

Haleakala is a massive shield volcano. Of note, there are more endangered species in this national park than any other site in the park system.

The view of the crater from the visitors' center at 9,740 feet (2,969 m).

The surface on the volcano looks like a moonscape.

The Haleakalā Observatory, also known as the Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory Site can be seen in the distance.

Haleakala National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Haleakala is "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.

Haleakala is a massive shield volcano. Of note, there are more endangered species in this national park than any other site in the park system.

The view of the crater from the visitors' center at 9,740 feet (2,969 m).

It was kind of cool being above the clouds.

Haleakala National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Haleakala is "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.

Haleakala is a massive shield volcano. Of note, there are more endangered species in this national park than any other site in the park system.

The view of the crater from the visitors' center at 9,740 feet (2,969 m).

It was kind of cool being above the clouds.

Haleakala National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Haleakala is "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.

Haleakala is a massive shield volcano. Of note, there are more endangered species in this national park than any other site in the park system.

The view of the crater from the visitors' center at 9,740 feet (2,969 m).

It was kind of cool being above the clouds.

Green Gateway

lsten posted a photo:

Green Gateway

Kipahulu section of Haleakala National park lies on the shores of southeastern Maui. Area is stranded from the rest of the park can be reached only by a very narrow and winding road. The main attraction of Kipahulu Valley is Pipiwai Trail, 2-mile long trail leading hikers to 400 feet high Waimoku Falls.

Even though waterfall is majestic, my favorite part of the hike was the bamboo forest. After a good nights sleep we were able to reach trailhead shortly after sunrise and saw no-one hiking up. Peaceful sound of raindrops falling to the leaves and hollow bamboo trees striking another in the wind created ambience I have never heard before.

Taken September 2018.

Sandalwood blooms and buds

Grandpa Ced posted a photo:

Sandalwood blooms and buds

found in Hosmer Grove at Haleakala National Park

Part of our Milky Way Galaxy and Nat'l Park ranger station

Grandpa Ced posted a photo:

Part of our Milky Way Galaxy and Nat'l Park ranger station

captured from Mount Haleakala on Maui

Native Maui bird, the Apapane Honeycreeper,

Grandpa Ced posted a photo:

Native Maui bird, the Apapane Honeycreeper,

spotted in Hosmer Grove at Haleakala National Park

Sunset above the clouds

Grandpa Ced posted a photo:

Sunset above the clouds

at the summit of Haleakala Mountain

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Nene Hawaiian Goose

Critter Seeker posted a photo:

Nene Hawaiian Goose

Seen at Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii.

Clouds at the Edge of Haleakala

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Clouds at the Edge of Haleakala

Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii.