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Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park
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Known primarily for its dramatic sunrises and sunsets, Haleakala Crater is the world's largest dormant volcano, forming more than 75 percent of the island of Maui. Over a million years old, the volcano is locally known as the "House of the Sun," its tallest peak rising up to 3,055 m (10,023 ft) above sea level. You can reach the summit, gaze into the crater, or walk across its floor by hiking up a series of rugged trails. Though there's little chance of an eruption, you must be extremely careful on the steep and often treacherous paths. Check the weather before you go and dress appropriately for cold temperatures at the summit. Make Haleakala Crater a part of your Haleakala National Park vacation plans using our Haleakala National Park vacation planner.
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  • Yes, you should get up at 2am if you're driving from Kihei and leave as soon as you can. Make sure you check the weather before you plan to go up there. The last thing you want to happen is drive all ...  more »
  • This is a great place to see. The drive up for sunrise is a bit spooky but totally worth it. Just give yourself plenty of time in case you're behind somone who is freaking out and going 10 MPH. The on...  more »
  • A few couples made the drive up to see the lovely views and to learn about the crater and history. Some of our group biked down and they were thrilled. Waiting till after the large sunrise group had l...  more »