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Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii

Makawao, United States

Traverse volcanic rocks and lush rain forests

Have one-of-a-kind experiences on a trip to Haleakalā National Park. In the Summit District mountain area, be quiet and respectful at the top of the Haleakalā volcano, which native Hawaiians consider a sacred place. Gaze out at the Pacific Ocean, see where lava flows from and hear the crunch of your feet walking along a cinder desert trail. At the coastal Kīpahulu District, hike a forest trail alongside a freshwater stream, which is home to endemic gobies and other fish, and listen to the cascade of a forest waterfall. Enlist a guide for a horseback or vehicle tour to learn more about Hawaiian traditions.

Haleakalā National Park plays two very important roles: It protects wildlife that exists nowhere else, and it acts as the melding point of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture. A visit to this striking park on the southeast coast of the island of Maui will lead you to stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forests.

Haleakalā National Park encompasses more than 130 square kilometers and features plenty of trails to explore. For a memorable experience, wake up early and hike to the top of the more than 3,000-meter-high Haleakalā peak for spectacular views of the sun rising over the island. Or, relax and enjoy your time among the verdant forests or enjoying views of the breathtaking coastline.

Cutural sites, attest many generations of Nature Hawaiians in the park. Cutural practitioners visit to chant, hula or make offerings. Because of the capital clarity of the air at elevation, Haleakaia summit is one of the best places in the world from which to watch the stars, as he nearby telescope complex attests. Hawaiian navigators also once used the summit to train. the astoishing silence of the summit wilderness area is an official feature of the park.

Haleakaia National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round

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