Rising dramatically to a summit of 10,023 feet, Haleakalā is the third largest volcano in Hawaiʻi. Its mass makes up approximately three quarters of Maui, and its presence is dominating, playing an important role in the island’s environmental, cultural, and geological makeup.
But it’s not just Hawaiians who understand the volcano’s significance. Haleakalā and its surrounding wilderness became a National Park in 1961, ensuring its place on the national radar and its preservation for future generations.
Today, Haleakalā provides numerous opportunities for visitors to explore its landscape. Below, we break down everything you need to know when visiting.
Good to Know Before You Go
Before setting out to visit Haleakalā, there are some important things to know.
The summit of Haleakalā is reached by the Haleakalā Highway, a ten-mile “driveway,” if you will, that zig-zag its way from the main entrance gates about 10 miles to the upper craters and viewing areas. Don’t be fooled by the distance – the ten miles is very slow going, twisting and turning with lots of pull offs. Door-to-door travel time from most hubs in Maui is 1.5 to 2.5 hours, and you’ll want to take your time when there.
More scenic drives on Maui
The road up to the Haleakalā summit via the Haleakalā highway but one of several scenic drives worth taking on Maui – both for the drive itself as well as the destinations they lead to, such as a remote town or the summit of a tall volcano. You can read about all 4 of them (the Road to Hana, the Haleakalā summit via the Haleakalā highway, Kahekili Highway, and Upcountry Maui) in our resource on road tripping in Maui.