Why You Need to Visit Haleakala National Park in Hawaii

If you’re planning a trip to Maui, there’s a good chance that Haleakala National Park is already on your itinerary. This 33,265-acre park is home to the dormant Haleakala volcano and attracts over a million visitors each year. Sign up for a skywatching tour, experience the sunrise, or take a guided hike in the afternoon. The park offers unique areas of subtropical rainforest and vast wilderness that are just waiting to be explored! Keep reading to learn more about this famous destination.

Haleakala National Park in Hawaii is a special and sacred place that shouldn’t be missed. To find out what else Maui Island has to offer, download our free Travel Guide! This handy tool is filled with recommendations for dining, outdoor recreation, shopping, and more. It’s the perfect resource for your getaway!

Spend a Day at Haleakala National Park

Things to Do

Haleakala National Park is divided into two distinct sections: the summit area and the coastal Kipahulu area. Each offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. One of the most popular park activities is hiking, when guests can traverse the volcanic landscape of the summit or the pools and waterfalls of the coastline. Enjoy over 35 miles of trails where native birds, rare plants, and photo ops abound.

The park is also a popular destination for skywatching. The name Haleakalā means “House of the Sun”, and it’s obvious why! With long, sunny days and breathtaking views, visitors often flock to this area to experience the sunrise. Leave our B&B around 4:30 a.m. to give yourself enough time to drive to the summit and set up. Be sure to some bring blankets!

Local Tip: If the morning crowds are overwhelming, we recommend an equally amazing sunset hike followed by a nighttime sighting of the moon, planets, and Milky Way on an Astrology Tour.

Landmarks to See

The gigantic Haleakala Crater is one of the most famous features of the park. It was formed by erosion of the entire mountaintop and is dotted with numerous volcanic features, including large cinder cones. Hikers can access the crater via two main trails.

Another must-see landmark is the ‘Ohe’o Gulch, which features more than two dozen pools along the Palikea Stream. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the pools and explore this part of the park in the coastal Kipahulu area.

Important Safety Tips

Visitors should always be prepared when exploring Haleakala, as there is no food, beverages, or gasoline available anywhere in the park. The summit of Haleakala is remote, and at 10,000 feet, hiking is not advised for those with respiratory or other medical conditions. Be sure to check the park’s website for additional safety tips and information.

Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

Ulu Room at The Old Wailuku Inn

After you visit Haleakala National Park, take an easy drive back to The Old Wailuku Inn and unwind in one of our comfortable guest rooms! Our inn boasts luxurious amenities and is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast each morning!

If you’re not sure which room to book, consider our Ulu Room. This sumptuous master suite transports guests to the simpler, gentler Hawaii of the 1920s. It’s located on the second floor and features a large whirlpool tub, separate shower, and the original built-in vanity.

Check our availability and book your stay today! We can’t wait to hear about what you discover on Maui.