Haleakala National Park

By: Jenna Blake

Adventures await you at Haleakala National Park!

Haleakala National Park contains the world’s largest dormant volcano. It can take about 2 hours to get to the top of Haleakala. You can drive, bike, or walk to the top of the volcano. About 7,500,000 people visit Haleakala each year.

Photo: Haleakala National Park from top view.

The scoop on Haleakala...

Haleakala National Park is a titanic place. The Park takes up more than 75% of Maui. Haleakala National Park has the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The park is located on the Hawaiian island called Maui and contains a volcano. Maui is the 2nd largest Hawaiian island and it is notable for its mountain ranges and valleys. Haleakala National Park is located in Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Kula is known for having many water falls. Haleakala National Park was established on July 1, 1961. The Park is the most visited part of East Maui. Haleakala means “the house of the sun.” It is named that because the early Hawaiians believed the volcano crater trapped the sun.

Photo: Haleakala has beautiful sunsets.

Be aware of these endangered species on Haleakala

Over time, some animals became endangered on Maui, due to hunting. These endangered species, the Hawaiian Petrel and the Nene are two endangered species found on Haleakala. The Petrel, also known by its Hawaiian name ‘ua’u (pronounced oo-A-oo), is a large, dark grey-brown bird. The Nene is a Hawaiian goose and is the state bird of Hawaii. The yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii and is also sadly endangered because of road construction, fires, and wild pigs.

Photo: The 'ua'u and the Nene

Info to know about the volcano

Although Mt. Haleakala is the world’s largest dormant volcano, it has erupted about 10,000 times. The last eruption occurred in about 1790. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, the volcano is more than 2 ½ miles wide and covers 28,655 acres of land. Even though it is predicted that Haleakala could erupt in as few as 50 years, some Hawaiians have built their houses on the side of the volcano!

Photo: Haleakala erupting.

What to do on your visit to Haleakala

Have you ever thought "What to do, what to do?" Well at Haleakala National Park, there is so much you can do. You can go to the Summit Area, go hiking, sky watching, take guided activities, or go camping. You can also ride bicycles from the bottom to the top. Sometimes it snows on Haleakala during the night or in the winter, so you have to be prepared for any weather. Sometimes you might wear shorts at the bottom of the volcano, but need pants and a winter coat at the top.

Photo: Summit Area.

Myth about Haleakala National Park

One day the Polynesians found what now Haleakala National Park is. When they found it the volcano was active and stayed active forever but, when the Native Americans came they set a fire and burned the volcano down. After the destroyed the volcano, it built up its power again and made its largest explosion ever. After the volcano exploded all the lava ran down the side on the volcano and hit the Native American tribe.