Haleakala National Park encompasses the world’s largest dormant volcano and 26,000 acres of dry forests, rain forests and desert. The park is home to endangered animals and plants, such as the nene, a Hawaiian wild goose, and the silversword, a bizarre-looking plant with dense coats of silvery hairs.
Tips for visiting Haleakala National Park:
- From atop the summit, watch the sun rise from high above the clouds.
- From December through April, the sun rises between 6 to 6:45 am.
- It takes at least 1.5 hours to drive from Kahului to the summit.
- Bring a jacket or sweater, since the temperature at this altitude can drop to below freezing before dawn.