You have come to Maui to experience some outdoor adventures that you would not find anywhere else. You already have plans for snorkeling and zip lining, but you are still looking for a good hike. Haleakala National Park is located in a massive crater that takes up 75% of the island of Maui. It offers everything from rainforest to truly unique and barren landscapes, as well as some challenging hiking. With a peak of 10,023 feet, it is known as a great place to see the stars at night. It is also known for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets and for its distinctive and haunting silence.

History

The crater was originally called Hawaii National Park and was one of the first national parks named when the National Park Service was created in 1916. The park is now independent and has been ever since 1961. The area is popular with native Hawaiians and many people still come to the area to practice hula and make sacrificial offerings.

Trails at Haleakala National Park in Maui

The Sliding Sands Trail is a steep descending trail that winds to the bottom of the colorful crater. You will see many geese and other wildlife along the way on this strenuous, yet beautiful hike. Pīpīwai is a two-mile trail that goes along the Ōheʻo Stream. The stream is comprised of a series of small waterfalls.

If you hike at Haleaka National Park in Maui, remember to pack a poncho and sunscreen and always take a friend. The weather can change in a second.

Silverswords

Haleaka National Park is the only place in the world where you can see the protected Silverword plant. The plant is shaped like a bush and is covered with purple flowers. It gives off a musky scent and it is like catnip to goats. The animals ate so much of the plant that it eventually became endangered.

Wildlife

Haleakala National Park in Maui is home to many seabirds, including the dark and serious looking noddie and the tiny, yet tough tern.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of hotels and motels on Maui and even more tourists. Hotel rooms are in high demand and they don’t offer much space or have many amenities.

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