Welcome to Haleakalā National Park, a place of breathtaking beauty and cultural significance located on the island of Maui, Hawaii. From sunrise atop a volcanic crater to lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls, Haleakalā offers families a myriad of adventures to embark on together. Here are eight reasons why Haleakalā is the perfect destination for families:

Sunrise at Haleakalā Crater: Experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of sunrise at the summit of Haleakalā Crater. Wake up early and drive to the summit for panoramic views of the island and the surrounding Pacific Ocean as the sun rises above the horizon.

Sliding Sands Trail: Hike the Sliding Sands Trail into the heart of Haleakalā Crater for an otherworldly adventure. Trek across volcanic cinder cones and surreal landscapes, and marvel at the colors and textures of the crater floor.

Hosmer Grove: Explore Hosmer Grove, a lush forested area located near the summit of Haleakalā. Take a leisurely stroll along the nature trails and discover native Hawaiian plants and bird species, including the colorful ‘I’iwi and ‘Apapane.

Pools of ‘Ohe’o: Visit the Pools of ‘Ohe’o, also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, located in the park’s coastal section of Kīpahulu. Take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and cascading waterfalls.

Waimoku Falls: Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls, a towering waterfall that plunges over 400 feet into a lush canyon below. Trek through bamboo forests and past scenic overlooks before reaching the majestic waterfall at the trail’s end.

Kipahulu Visitor Center: Learn about the natural and cultural history of Haleakalā at the Kīpahulu Visitor Center. Explore interactive exhibits, watch informative films, and chat with park rangers to learn more about the park’s diverse ecosystems and conservation efforts.

Hawaiian Cultural Sites: Discover ancient Hawaiian cultural sites scattered throughout the park, including heiau (temples), petroglyphs, and traditional farming terraces. Learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of the Hawaiian people who once inhabited these lands.

Junior Ranger Program: Engage the whole family in Haleakalā’s Junior Ranger Program, where kids can learn about Hawaiian culture, conservation, and stewardship through fun and interactive activities. Upon completion, they’ll receive a badge and a sense of pride in protecting this special place.

With its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and opportunities for outdoor adventure, Haleakalā National Park offers families a chance to connect with nature and create memories that will last a lifetime. Pack your sense of adventure, camera, and spirit of aloha, and prepare for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Maui’s volcanic wilderness.


Our three hour layover was in Las Vegas. Alisa played slot machines in the terminal and doubled her money. The boys think she is addicted to gambling, but she just enjoys the game. We flew to Honolulu the next day on the 21st at 1:45 am and landed before sunrise. Finally, after a brief layover we traveled on our third flight and landed at the Kahului Airport on the island of Maui….

Canceled 12/21/2013