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Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii
Spanning over 33,000 acres of land with over half designated as wilderness areas, Haleakalā National Park is located on Maui, an island so beautiful that you may want to take a permanent pau hana Read more...
Spanning over 33,000 acres of land with over half designated as wilderness areas, Haleakalā National Park is located on Maui, an island so beautiful that you may want to take a permanent pau hana (the Hawaiian phrase for leisure time after work). The park is divided into two sections: the summit area and the coastal Kipahulu area.
The summit area includes the famous Haleakalā Crater, a mondo crater with numerous volcanic features, measuring 6.99 miles (11.25 km) across, 2.0 mi (3.2 km) wide, and 2,600 ft (790 m) deep. Visitors flock to the dormant Haleakalā Volcano for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Nearby Hosmer’s Grove is known for its diverse forest of alien trees. To visit the Kipahulu area, take a winding coastal road that yields access to dozens of pools, Waimoku Falls, and a glimpse of a protected rainforest that is largely closed to the public. Haleakala Observatory is a must-see for stargazers and amateur astronomers. Because it is above the tropical inversion layer, it has some of the best viewing conditions, and is the site of astrophysical experiments that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else on Earth.