Maui and Haleakala Crater

Haleakala is one of the most visited destinations in East Maui and rightfully so. It is an enormous, spectacular crater that stretches as far as the eye can see. “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, the crater sits 10,023 feet above sea level (3055 meters) and has an area of 570 square miles!

According to the U.S. Geological survey, Haleakala has experienced at least 10 eruptions in the past 1,000 years (that’s quite a lot, in volcano/geological time). In fact, this pattern indicates that the East Maui volcano will once again erupt in the future!

Sunrise is spectacular at the crater (many love sunsets there too), but it requires that you get up incredibly early in the morning to make the long trek up to the crater summit in your car (biking expeditions are also available).

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