Hana was the site of several ancient battles by invaders from the Big Island. It was occupied by Big Island chiefs in the 1770’s. Sometime in the early 1780’s Hana was besieged by King Kahekili in a surprise attack. The village of Hana was usually defended from ocean invasions, but the wise warrior king sent his troops through Haleakala Crater to attack from the mountains above.
Today over one million people visit the park each year – and not just for sunrise. This expansive national park not only encompasses a 7 mile long, 3 mile wide, 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.