Haleakala means “house of the sun” and if you get a chance to experience sunrise from the 10,000 ft summit you’ll know why. Sunrise at Haleakala National Park has been one of the top attractions on Maui pretty much since it was first written about by Mark Twain in 1866. Through the 1920s and ’30s visitors would travel by steamship to Maui from Honolulu just to experience Haleakala. They made their way to the summit via horseback.
Today over one million people visit the park each year and not just for sunrise. This expansive national park not only encompasses the 7 miles long, 3 miles wide and nearly 2,600 ft deep crater but spills down the slopes over the eastern crater rim through the Kipahulu Valley to the Pools of Oheo along the road to Hana.