Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park
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Also known as the "House of the Sun," this 30,000-acre national park is popular for hiking, camping, and catching sunrises and sunsets.
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  • IloveWDW2
    Pratt, Kansas373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive
    Haleakala National Park was not on my list of sites to go see but I am so glad that we took the drive. It was BEAUTIFUL at the top. You are literally above the clouds and the views were breathtaking. IF you are lucky you will come across some Nene.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Carrie D.
    Cleveland, Ohio1,987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Spectacular!
    This was my 22nd National Park—I’ve now visited over 1/3 of them. Haleakala National Park was absolutely unexpectedly amazing! We thought Hawaii Volcanoes NP would be the highlight of the Hawaii Parks, but we were blown away by Haleakala! The journey up through the park is one crazy, twisty & turning road that takes you up above the clouds. It was white knuckle for sure, especially driving up through the clouds where visibility isn’t great, but it was 100% worth it. We thought the view from the visitor center was incredible, but we were speechless when we got up to the summit. The views from the top are expansive—you could even see the two volcanoes on the Big Island. Overall, this was one of our favorite things we did on Maui. Wd did stop at the one visitor center about half way up and it had a small gift shop and we got a passport stamp. If I had one small suggestion, it would be to have a NPS passport stamp in the little indoor viewing area at the House of the Sun at the top that says ‘summit.’
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Taylor Morris
    Boise, Idaho81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park
    This is about a 3ish mile hike. It honestly felt longer than that, but it's a pretty hike with a bunch of different types of scenery. My favorite part was the bamboo forest we walked through. There's another smaller loop down by the water, and it takes you to a black sand beach. Definitely go on that loop for the view, and if you don't have too much time.
    Visited February 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Journey811826
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    My kids did not want to do this drive, and they are glad I forced them! I read about this trip before we went so we packed coats, hats and gloves. We decided to do the sunset as it fit our schedule better and we didn't have to get a reservation. We headed up the mountain in the late afternoon after stopping to pick up sandwiches. We loved listening to the Shaka App guide and learned a ton as we drove up. There were so many different landscapes. We arrived at the top about an hour before sunset and the top parking lot was already filled. We went to the parking lot just below and found a great spot. We hiked up a little trail and had our sandwiches as we watched the sun go down. We stayed about an extra hour to watch the stars come out. If I had to do it again I would have gone up earlier to do some of the hiking trails.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • mnnofziger
    Nashville, Tennessee448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    By far, the best of my 2 week Maui vacation. We did both sunrise and sunset (on different days). And I recommend them both! Unlike what we heard, there really IS a difference! Sunset was beautiful and after we watched a fog roll in. Sunrise was spectacular! Make sure to have a reservation and leave early! Also wear warm clothes! I will always remember this sunrise experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • trackerem
    Texas438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early!
    Beautiful sunrise, worth the trip! Important: get there early! We thought we were early enough but we’re not! The parking lot was full so we parked in the overflow and walked the incline to the top! The walk isn’t do able for lots of folks! With the elevation and incline together, moderate to difficult walk on the paved road. Positive: sunrise was incredible! 1 of our best things to do!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Sarah-Ryan1
    Las Vegas, Nevada157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic trail-run/hike from Sliding Sands to Halemau'u. Glorious terrain.
    We arrived at the entrance station around 8am (you can't enter before 7am unless you have reservations which seem impossible to acquire). Anyway. We tried but couldn't get sunrise reservations & was certainly not going to bother with a tour. So it goes! Gorgeous views from the summit and plenty of parking as everyone who watched the sunrise seemed to be headed down the hill. We are mountain people, so we came prepared with our down coats and mittens & you'll want to be prepared the same. There are some informative signs around The House of the Sun where you can also view the nearby observatory (not open to public). Teeny tiny visitor center at the summit (this one closes at noon). We did a trail-run/hike from Sliding Sands trail to Kapalaoa cabin and looped around to the Halemau'u trailhead. There are several paths to take & distance-combos, but this loop ended up being around 14.5 miles. While we were chilly at the summit, we were down to our tank tops & shorts inside the crater itself. The running quality is excellent, save for the flat portion to Kapalaoa cabin which is a bit softer/challenging sand. We didn't see many people despite it being an absolutely sunny & gorgeous day. We hitched a ride from Halemau'u back to the summit to get our vehicle. This obviously isn't a guarantee, but we're used to hitching rides in Nat'l parks so it worked out. Of course, bring all the layers, water, sunscreen, etc. like any other run/hike... Absolutely worthwhile to trail run and/or hike within the crater itself. The terrain is more varied than appears from simply looking down into the crater. Reminded me a lot of the variation when climbing Kilimanjaro, which I did not expect! There are not many hiking trails off the main road to the park, so plan on a longer adventure unless you prefer out and back. Remember, what hikes down, must hike up!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
  • MNice
    Bloomington, Minnesota2,685 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of the U.S. National Park Service
    We decided we would go at sunset, rather than sunrise. It was a tough decision, we were happy we did it. So, if you are like us, you came to Maui to have beach time, snorkel time, and see the sights. We spent nine days in Hawaii; consider the first day and last day travel days when you get the lay of the land or are in transit (think jet-lag). You are down to seven days; we felt Pearl Harbor (Oahu), snorkel day, Haleakala sunrise/sunset, Road to Hana, Hookipa Bay (the turtles), Keone’o’io Nature Preserve and two beach days rounds it out with a spa morning and some evening dinners. So there you have it, a busy vacation with a little sun time; now back to Haleakala. We did not feel waking up at 1:00 a.m. to be in line at 3:00 a.m. is worth it if you budget your time for a week-ish vacation. Instead of getting up in the middle of the night for Haleakala, we got up early one morning, drove straight to Hana- go past Hana and see the waterfalls, eat at Huli Huli Chicken on the beach in Hana, stop at Coconut Glens for an afternoon snack, drive up to Haleakala, see the sunset and hike a bit before that. The turtles are 15 minutes from the airport, do them the day you go home. Skip the expensive snorkeling and rent at the beach on Ka’annapali Beach near the Black Rock. It’s not everything, but it hits the high points. FYI; the pass to get into Haleakala is $30, but it’s good for three days. If I gave you bad advice, you can go back in the morning (get on the National Park Service reservations 2 days in advance). Remember, you don’t need a reservation for the sunset, just the sunrise. Another tidbit; the road to Haleakala is just a lot of turns and I don’t know why other reviews are so hung up on it; think Rocky Mountain National Park.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2024
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FarAway309216
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Sunrise was spectacular and worth getting up so early! It was a once in a lifetime

achievement for me! The crater itself was amazing to see after the sun came up.

It's not to be missed while in Maui
Written March 31, 2024
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David C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful views on the drive up and from the top even on a rainy day down below. Was a nice trip we worked in when our helicopter tour got canceled due to rain down in Kahului. Felt like we were in another world up there-can drive right up to the top and feels like you could drive off into the clouds. We did this trip mid-morning and I would still recommend it. Don’t forget to dress warm! We did a little bit of hiking on the shifting sands trail and nearly froze. Pretty cool perspective of how big it is when you consider the long drive on the Road to Hana we did earlier in the week, and that it’s the same mountain that we woke up to from the back door of our hotel in Wailea. Great experience and super clean restrooms at the visitors center up top!
Written March 23, 2024
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MNice
Bloomington, MN2,685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We decided we would go at sunset, rather than sunrise. It was a tough decision, we were happy we did it. So, if you are like us, you came to Maui to have beach time, snorkel time, and see the sights. We spent nine days in Hawaii; consider the first day and last day travel days when you get the lay of the land or are in transit (think jet-lag). You are down to seven days; we felt Pearl Harbor (Oahu), snorkel day, Haleakala sunrise/sunset, Road to Hana, Hookipa Bay (the turtles), Keone’o’io Nature Preserve and two beach days rounds it out with a spa morning and some evening dinners. So there you have it, a busy vacation with a little sun time; now back to Haleakala. We did not feel waking up at 1:00 a.m. to be in line at 3:00 a.m. is worth it if you budget your time for a week-ish vacation. Instead of getting up in the middle of the night for Haleakala, we got up early one morning, drove straight to Hana- go past Hana and see the waterfalls, eat at Huli Huli Chicken on the beach in Hana, stop at Coconut Glens for an afternoon snack, drive up to Haleakala, see the sunset and hike a bit before that. The turtles are 15 minutes from the airport, do them the day you go home. Skip the expensive snorkeling and rent at the beach on Ka’annapali Beach near the Black Rock. It’s not everything, but it hits the high points. FYI; the pass to get into Haleakala is $30, but it’s good for three days. If I gave you bad advice, you can go back in the morning (get on the National Park Service reservations 2 days in advance). Remember, you don’t need a reservation for the sunset, just the sunrise. Another tidbit; the road to Haleakala is just a lot of turns and I don’t know why other reviews are so hung up on it; think Rocky Mountain National Park.
Written February 9, 2024
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Sarah-Ryan1
Las Vegas, NV157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We arrived at the entrance station around 8am (you can't enter before 7am unless you have reservations which seem impossible to acquire). Anyway. We tried but couldn't get sunrise reservations & was certainly not going to bother with a tour. So it goes! Gorgeous views from the summit and plenty of parking as everyone who watched the sunrise seemed to be headed down the hill. We are mountain people, so we came prepared with our down coats and mittens & you'll want to be prepared the same. There are some informative signs around The House of the Sun where you can also view the nearby observatory (not open to public). Teeny tiny visitor center at the summit (this one closes at noon).

We did a trail-run/hike from Sliding Sands trail to Kapalaoa cabin and looped around to the Halemau'u trailhead. There are several paths to take & distance-combos, but this loop ended up being around 14.5 miles. While we were chilly at the summit, we were down to our tank tops & shorts inside the crater itself. The running quality is excellent, save for the flat portion to Kapalaoa cabin which is a bit softer/challenging sand. We didn't see many people despite it being an absolutely sunny & gorgeous day. We hitched a ride from Halemau'u back to the summit to get our vehicle. This obviously isn't a guarantee, but we're used to hitching rides in Nat'l parks so it worked out. Of course, bring all the layers, water, sunscreen, etc. like any other run/hike...

Absolutely worthwhile to trail run and/or hike within the crater itself. The terrain is more varied than appears from simply looking down into the crater. Reminded me a lot of the variation when climbing Kilimanjaro, which I did not expect! There are not many hiking trails off the main road to the park, so plan on a longer adventure unless you prefer out and back. Remember, what hikes down, must hike up!
Written December 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

FSUgonoles
Littleton, CO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Very enjoyable park. We were able to visit both visitor centers and take some short hikes. I would highly recommend visiting.
Written December 25, 2023
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Chris
Marl, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The way is the target! Going by car is a kind of an adventure. The road was really in good condition and the varying nature is really interesting. And once you reach at the top at 3.055 m, it is amazing and reqarding for the drive of more than one hour. Clouds were interchanging with sun, but at the summit it was really sunny and not too cold.
Written November 23, 2023
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trackerem
Texas438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful sunrise, worth the trip! Important: get there early! We thought we were early enough but we’re not! The parking lot was full so we parked in the overflow and walked the incline to the top! The walk isn’t do able for lots of folks! With the elevation and incline together, moderate to difficult walk on the paved road. Positive: sunrise was incredible! 1 of our best things to do!
Written November 19, 2023
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smhr
Pickering, Canada277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We went to see the sun rise here in Nov so not sure why Tripadvisor saying its closed

You do need a reservation (costs $1) and in addition pay the Park fees. The reservation is only done online but the Park fee can either be paid online or at the gate.

It is very cold at the top, so you need to be appropriately dressed up for that. The temps at the top will be below freezing with wind chill. I am not kidding! IF you are not dressed for that, then you will not be enjoying the sun rise.

The road to get to the top of the mountain is a little challenging, specially because the drive is during the dark ie before sun rise. We left at 3am and were at the visitor center at around 5:15 am. Visitor center is where most people stop to see the sunrise.

The sun will rise from opposite to where you enter the parking lot. Most people will be heading that way, so you can follow the crowds

After the sunrise, you can go to the top and go for a few hikes, but we didnt find anything special and ended up getting off at 3 places, one at the top and the other 2 as we were driving down

The cellphone and internet services are not the greatest here, so be prepared
Written November 18, 2023
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mnnofziger
Nashville, TN448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
By far, the best of my 2 week Maui vacation. We did both sunrise and sunset (on different days). And I recommend them both! Unlike what we heard, there really IS a difference! Sunset was beautiful and after we watched a fog roll in. Sunrise was spectacular! Make sure to have a reservation and leave early! Also wear warm clothes! I will always remember this sunrise experience!
Written July 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Journey811826
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
My kids did not want to do this drive, and they are glad I forced them! I read about this trip before we went so we packed coats, hats and gloves. We decided to do the sunset as it fit our schedule better and we didn't have to get a reservation. We headed up the mountain in the late afternoon after stopping to pick up sandwiches. We loved listening to the Shaka App guide and learned a ton as we drove up. There were so many different landscapes. We arrived at the top about an hour before sunset and the top parking lot was already filled. We went to the parking lot just below and found a great spot. We hiked up a little trail and had our sandwiches as we watched the sun go down. We stayed about an extra hour to watch the stars come out. If I had to do it again I would have gone up earlier to do some of the hiking trails.
Written July 30, 2023
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