Haleakala Crater

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Haleakala Crater

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One of the best places in the U.S. to watch the sunrise is this impressive centerpiece of Haleakalā National Park, marking the birthplace of the island of Maui.

The Haleakalā Crater is home to the “House of the Sun,” or the East Maui Volcano. Come here to watch the sunrise; it’s one of the best in the country and you can easily imagine that you are on another planet. The Haleakalā National Park is a refreshing change of scenery from Maui’s crowded beaches and is not to be missed.

Geologically, the Haleakalā Crater is one of Maui’s most fascinating spots. Over millions of years, the now dormant Haleakalā volcano slowly spilled lava from its vents. This lava overlapped with that of another shield volcano in the west. Eventually, the lava cooled, and Maui was formed. A large portion of the volcano is surrounded by the Haleakalā National Park, which encompasses 33,265 acres (135 square kilometers) of eastern and central Maui.

To see the Haleakalā Crater, head to the Summit Area. This is an expansive section of the park defined by robust red colors and an impressively sculpted landscape. Visitors often comment that it’s how they imagine Mars to be, and it certainly looks as if you are on another planet. The crater itself is 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) long and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) wide.

Haleakalā (House of the Sun) is home to the island’s highest peak: Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill) stands at 10,023 feet (3,055 meters) and its trails can get you above the clouds. Watching the sunrise from here is epic, so see if you can get there as dawn breaks. The best way is to set up camp in Haleakalā National Park. On your way back down, take in the diverse landscapes of forest and wildflowers. Geese, insects and rare birds are common sights.

Haleakalā National Park is open year-round. There are 35 miles (56 kilometers) of roads and trails around Haleakalā Crater. It’s best to get there by car and then hike. Note that any route to the top involves a very steep gradient, so prepare accordingly and bring a jacket. You pay a small fee to reach the summit.

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 Upcountry Kula - Private House On The Slopes Of Haleakala - Multi-Island View
Upcountry Kula - Private House On The Slopes Of Haleakala - Multi-Island View
Kula, HI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Kula. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (93 reviews)
Amazing stay’
"Beautiful property and even better host! We really enjoyed our stay and will be staying here again next time we’re in Maui!"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Upcountry Kula - Private House On The Slopes Of Haleakala - Multi-Island View
2BR Suite with Hot Tub & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
2BR Suite with Hot Tub & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Kula, HI
Stay at this cottage in Kula. Enjoy a spa tub, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions Haleakala Crater ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Very Comfortable and relaxing
"From the moment we arrived we were met by Pamela. She could not be more accommodating and pleasant. She has the aloha sprit in her and so much more . Our stay with her made our up country experience so much better . . Thank you for a wonderful stay . Mahalo ."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

2BR Suite with Hot Tub & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Private Home with Pool & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Private Home with Pool & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Kula, HI
Stay at this cottage in Kula. Enjoy private pools, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Haleakala ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
Trip of silence
"Let me start off positive with the views being amazing and the place has all the stuff that we need but the property is in desperate need of some tlc badly! We arrived late and we very tired but Pam insisted to meet us to show us how to park and all the rules! The next morning was when it all started ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Private Home with Pool & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
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 Upcountry Kula - Private House On The Slopes Of Haleakala - Multi-Island View
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Upcountry Kula - Private House On The Slopes Of Haleakala - Multi-Island View
2BR Suite with Hot Tub & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
2BR Suite with Hot Tub & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Kula, HI
2BR Suite with Hot Tub & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Private Home with Pool & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Private Home with Pool & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
Kula, HI
Private Home with Pool & Fruit Trees, on the Way to Haleakala National Park!
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Ensuite Bedroom plus Clear Bubble Tent w/Queen Size Bed
Kula, HI
Ensuite Bedroom plus Clear Bubble Tent w/Queen Size Bed
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Haleakala Sunrise Home (Kula, Maui, Hawaii)
Kula, HI
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Heaven on Earth in Upcountry Maui
Kula, HI
Heaven on Earth in Upcountry Maui
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Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Makawao, HI
Luxury Upcountry Villa with breathtaking views
Luxury Upcountry retreat with breathtaking views!
Luxury Upcountry retreat with breathtaking views!
Makawao, HI
Luxury Upcountry retreat with breathtaking views!
Quiet 1-bd cottage retreat with sleeping loft & work space
Quiet 1-bd cottage retreat with sleeping loft & work space
Makawao, HI
Quiet 1-bd cottage retreat with sleeping loft & work space
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.