One of my favorite things to do on Maui (when I'm not at the beach) is to hike into Haleakala Crater. While getting up at 3 AM to see the sunrise at the top of the crater is a favorite of tourists, few actually venture down inside which is where the real beauty lies. I do this often and frequently stay overnight in 1 of 3 cabins reserved through the National Park Service. Here is a short pictorial overview to motivate those who haven't yet been inside. I suggest you add this to your "bucket list".
Looking down inside Haleakala Crater. So pretty that this one deserves a larger size. It's a real photo, not an artist's depiction.
Sunrise from the summit
Trails keep you from getting lost and it protects what limited vegetation survives the climate.
Cabin at the foot of the crater walls. Sleeping bunks for 12 plus wood heating stove and cookware. Reserve through the National Park Service for 1 night max. Yes, it's chilly at the 1 mile altitude.
This pair of Nene were always hanging out in front of the cabin until my last trip when there was only one. Very sad since they mate for life.
Silversword is only found in Haleakala. Here it's flowering which it only does once before it dies
. This Silversword isn't flowering yet which is a good thing because once it does, it dies.
Come visit Maui and make sure to bring some warm clothing and hiking shoes! Aloha!
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