Visit a Leg­endary Avi­a­tor's Grave

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Ris­ing 10,023 feet above Maui’s coastal ar­eas is the mas­sive shield vol­cano HALEAKALA. This sleep­ing giant is enor­mously pop­u­lar and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for vis­i­tors; in fact, it has be­come a rit­ual for those stay­ing on the is­land to rise be­fore dawn, and trek to the moun­tain­top in the chilly dark­ness to watch the sun make its way across the morn­ing hori­zon.

To help pro­tect the nat­u­ral and cul­tural re­sources at Haleakala Na­tional Park, a new reservation sys­tem has been put in place for SUN­RISE VIEW­INGS at the park. Reser­va­tions at re­cre­ may be made 60 days in ad­vance, and there is a reservation fee that is not part of the en­trance fee to the na­tional park. Go to hale/plany­ourvisit/haleakala­sun­rise-reser­va­tions.htm for more in­for­ma­tion.

Hawai­ian leg­end goes that the DEMIGOD MAUI trav­eled to the very spot mod­ern-day vis­i­tors do to wait for the sun to rise. How­ever, Maui wasn’t look­ing to cap­ture a stun­ning na­ture shot; rather, he was wait­ing to lasso the sun and slow its progress over the is­land be­cause his mother, Hina, com­plained that her cloth would not dry prop­erly. kapa As the myth goes, Maui’s lasso hit its tar­get, and it was only af­ter the great yel­low orb promised to travel more slowly through the sky that Maui loos­ened his rope. Haleakala has been in­ac­tive since 1790, when two mi­nor flows oc­curred on the south­west rift zone near La Per­ouse Bay. The great basin be­low the sum­mit, com­monly called a CRATER, is 3,000 FEET DEEP, 7.5 MILES LONG AND

2.5 MILES WIDE, and is ac­tu­ally an “ero­sional de­pres­sion” where wa­ter, wind and pos­si­bly glaciers once cut into the moun­tain. Later, new lava flows par­tially filled the basin, leav­ing cin­der cones to mark their erup­tions. PU‘U O MAUI, the tallest cin­der cone, reaches 500 feet from the basin floor.

The slum­ber­ing vol­cano— whose name literally means

“HOUSE OF THE SUN” in Hawai­ian—is the cen­ter­piece of a 36,000-ACRE

PARK that ex­tends from Haleakala’s sum­mit to Ki­pahulu Val­ley on the Hana coast. A place of leg­ends and in­trigu­ing bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity, the park at­tracts more than one mil­lion vis­i­tors a year, and of­fers plenty of al­ter­na­tives to a sun­rise vigil in a well-pop­u­lated crowd.

Com­mer­cial BIK­ING TOURS, which orig­i­nate just out­side the park en­trance, have be­come a pop­u­lar en­deavor for skilled ad­ven­tur­ers. The 38-mile ride down the vol­cano fol­lows a scenic, twist­ing, two-lane high­way. Rid­ers are trans­ported by van to the park en­trance and es­corted down­hill.

Non-com­mer­cial bi­cy­cle rid­ers are al­lowed in the park, as long as they avoid hik­ing paths and stick to the nar­row, wind­ing moun­tain road that car­ries ve­hi­cles through­out the park. HIK­ING, CAMP­ING, HORSE­BACK RID­ING and GUIDED NA­TURE TOURS also are pop­u­lar. ROBERTS HAWAII also stops here. Call the NA­TIONAL WEATHER

SER­VICE (866-944-5025) for an up­date on the day’s fore­cast. A recorded mes­sage will give you in­for­ma­tion on sun­rise and sun­set times, as well as view­ing con­di­tions at the sum­mit. Tem­per­a­tures at the peak typ­i­cally range from 32 to 65 de­grees Fahren­heit, but oc­ca­sion­ally dip be­low zero.

The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Food and gas are not avail­able in­side. Reser­va­tions are re­quired for sun­rise view­ings and are only avail­able at re­cre­ There is a $1.50 park­ing fee per car and a $20 en­trance fee that is valid for three days. Visit for more de­tails.

ROBERTS HAWAII (808) 539-9400 OR (800) 831-5541


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