Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Did You Know?

You pass through as many ecological zones on a two hour drive to the summit Mt. Haleakala as you would on a journey from Mexico to Canada.

In any given day the temperatures in the park can range from a high of 80°F (27°C) in Kipahulu to a low of 30°F (-1°C) at the summit. In either area clouds and rain can quickly replace warm sunshine.

This special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. The park also cares for endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else. Come visit this special place - renew your spirit amid stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forest with an unforgettable hike through the backcountry.

A Wilderness Experience
If you are prepared for a hike, the Wilderness is open to you. You may choose to spend a few hours enjoying the solitude and open space on a day hike, or you may want to plan an overnight backpack trip where you can share a temporary home with the Hawaiian species that thrive here.

An Encounter With Native Hawaii
Have you ever seen a native Hawaiian honeycreeper? Heard the haunting call of a Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel? Noticed the thin pink lines on the creamy petels of the nohoanu (Hawaiian Geranium)? Been surrounded by a truely Hawaiian ecosystem? A visit to the Summit Area may provide you with these experiences and many more.

A Tropical Adventure... or A Brush With History?
Streams, waterfalls, rocky coastlines, and lush vegetation greet you when you arrive in the Kipahulu Area of the park. But the attentive visitor will notice that aside from the natural beauty, there are many layers of history to experience here where Hawaiians have interacted with the land for hundreds of years.

An Explosion of Stars
Have you seen the Milky Way? Have you seen it so bright that you swear you could reach out and touch it? The summit of Haleakala is one of the best places in the world to observe the night sky. The park is open 24-hours a day so you can experience the wonder of a clear, high-elevation sky. Don't forget to dress for freezing temperatures!

A Ranger-Guided Discovery
Each day in the summit area, park staff provide talks to help visitors grasp the wild high-elevation world at the top of the mountain. Twice a week, visitors can join park staff on a guided hike to experience a rarely-seen ecosystem. Staff are always available during Visitor Center hours to help inquiring minds get the most out of their visit.

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Rolley said...

An explosion of stars!?

That makes me wonder, what does the night sky look like for you in the northern northern hemisphere!? We have a fairly good night sky in town here, but go even just a little out of town and it can be quite breathtaking. Even in town we can usually see the milky way, and I think the best night sky I've ever seen was camping out west from home, there were so many stars it was like the night sky was nothing but stars, not a single tiny minuscule patch of nothingness was to be seen, ONLY stars infinitum!

It was indescribable really, the density and beauty of it all.. definitely makes it easy to see why ancient civilisations worshipped them.

amourissima said...

I never got a chance to see the true night sky while on Maui. The moon was waning & almost full so the light was very bright especially reflecting off of the clouds. It can be very clear when you get out of the city here in Calgary.

PS: beautiful comment R. :)