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

Visitor Services Volunteer Application Deadline Is Next Week

Haleakalā National Park wishes to remind people that the “Visitor Services Volunteers” application deadline is next week, on Wednesday, February, 15, 2017.

Park Successfully Implements Sunrise Reservation System

On February 1, 2017, Haleakalā NP successfully launched a new sunrise reservation system for park visitors traveling in personal or rental vehicles.

Reminder: Sunrise Viewing Reservation System Begins Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The National Park Service is reminding people that on February 1, 2017, visitors in personal or rental vehicles wishing to view sunrise at Haleakalā National Park must make sunrise viewing reservations ahead of time at recreation.gov.

Haleakala National Park Photos

Island Topper

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Island Topper

The Haleakala Observatories are remarkable because of the clarity, dryness, and stillness of the air, and its location above one-third of Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the limited light pollution, the summit of Haleakala is one of the most sought-after locations in the world for ground-based telescopes. As a result of the geographic importance of this observational platform, experts come from all over the world to take part in research at "Haleakala Observatory", an astrophysical complex operated by the University of Hawaii, United States Air Force, LCOGT, and others.

Some of the telescopes operated by the Air Force are involved in researching man-made (spacecraft, monitoring satellites, rockets, and laser technology, etc.) rather than celestial objects. The program is in collaboration with defense contractors located in the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.

Here come the clouds

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Here come the clouds

The clouds rolling up the crater towards the top. It did not take long before this view went completely away and all we could see was the building and parking lot.

Haleakalā (/ˌhɑːliˌɑːkəˈlɑː/; Hawaiian or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains.

The tallest peak of Haleakalā ("house of the sun"), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.

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Haleakala Observatories

Kirt Edblom posted a photo:

Haleakala Observatories

Because of the remarkable clarity, dryness, and stillness of the air, and its location above one-third of Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the limited light pollution, the summit of Haleakala is one of the most sought-after locations in the world for ground-based telescopes. As a result of the geographic importance of this observational platform, experts come from all over the world to take part in research at "Haleakala Observatory", an astrophysical complex operated by the University of Hawaii, United States Air Force, LCOGT, and others.

Some of the telescopes operated by the Air Force are involved in researching man-made (spacecraft, monitoring satellites, rockets, and laser technology, etc.) rather than celestial objects. The program is in collaboration with defense contractors located in the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.

Above the clouds

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Above the clouds

Above the clouds on the way to the top of Haleakala. Once we broke above the clouds it was a spectacular drive to the top only to have the clouds drift in through the crater (more photos to come).

A view to below

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A view to below

A view to the island floor from about 5,000 ft level headed to the top of Haleakala. Kihei is to the left and Kahului is to the right.

Maui Alauahio

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Maui Alauahio

Hosmer Grove

I'iwi

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I'iwi

Hosmer Grove

Clouds Boiling up at the edge of the Haleakala caldera

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Clouds Boiling up at the edge of the Haleakala caldera

Chukar

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Chukar

Early morning on the Haleakala summit in Maui, Hawaii.

Maui.park-2

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Maui.park-2

Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

Let It Burn

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Let It Burn

There are always memorable experiences in one 's lifetime. This is one of them. I captured this panoramic view of the sky burn as soon as the sun had gone down on the horizon. It 's almost like an abstract painting.

Apapane

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Apapane

Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park on Maui.

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ahinaahina

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ahinaahina

Pat on Hal

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Pat on Hal

Pat photographing silverswoard on top of Haleakala

Hawaii Amakihi (Maui)

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Hawaii Amakihi (Maui)

One of the beautiful honey-creepers found in Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park in Maui.

Haleakala Dawn

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Haleakala Dawn

Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii

Apapane

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Apapane

Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park.

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Chad Cooksey posted a photo:

Hasselblad 500 c/m
Planar f2.8/80 T star
Kodak Tmax 100