The History of Haleakala
Comprising more than 75% of the island of Maui, Haleakala is easy to find, towering over the beaches that line the shore of the island, and providing a backdrop for everything from luaus to a day at the beach. Not only is Haleakala a massive figure on the island, it’s a volcano that is currently in a non-eruption period, and has played a role in the island’s history since the earliest days of the creation of the island.
Dating back to ancient Hawaii, the mountain has played an important role, from legends to research; Haleakala gives clues to the past, and future of the islands. Established as a National Park in 1961, Park Rangers share the interesting history of the volcano and continue to learn from the volcano today, including dating the last eruption to approximately 1790. The summit of Haleakala is 10,023 feet above the sandy beaches below, offering a cool climate that can downright cold, something that is not always common in Hawaii. Adding to its intrigue, the volcano is home to the Haleakala Silversword, a native plant that is only found on Maui, and only grows at high elevations on Haleakala.
All around Haleakala are hidden valleys, beaches, and waterfalls, and the best way to see all of these places, include the 7 Sacred Pools, is by taking a journey around the Hana Highway, which stretches around the entire volcano. Stopping along the highway, you’ll find amazing views of hidden sites, and also discover the amazing history of the island, while discovering tiny towns and roadside stands that offer fresh fruit and great souvenirs.
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to journey to the summit of Haleakala, you know all about the amazing views, and can attest to the fact that Haleakala is nothing short of amazing. However, if you have not yet been to the summit at sunrise or sunset, you will want to make that part of your vacation and witness the awe inspiring views from the highest point on the island. And if you're really looking for fun and adventure, consider a journey down the volcano on one of our downhill bike tours!
Arriving on Maui, the sites and scenery are so welcoming and with so much to take in, you may want to stop and take a moment to absorb it all. Once you have found your peace and serenity on the island, take a moment to gaze up at Haleakala and soak up the towering volcano. The slopes of the mountain are where many locals make their homes, and many farms, and even a winery are found on Haleakala. It is very important to the island, and there is much to be discovered on its slopes.
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