Maui Getaway Weekend: Haleakala National Park

DSC_0091For the past few weekends, we have been hiking and exploring places we have never been to on Maui. This weekend we wanted to do more than just a day hike and planned a last minute weekend getaway starting with watching the sunrise up at Haleakala. We rented a car for a week from Kimo’s Rental -A-Car and decided to go on a weekend adventure before picking up our new puppy, Roshe.

We started our Saturday waking up at 3:30 am to watch the sunrise at the Haleakala National Park. Upon our arrival, the parking lot was packed and the lower lookout area was crowded with tourist. It has been five years since the last time we came up here and we were surprised to see how crowded it was – I guess Saturday is a popular day to see the sunrise.

DSC_0093.JPGWe headed up to the lookout point and the sky started to lighten up. From the parking lot, all we could see were shadows of all the people crowding the walkway.

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The sky started getting brighter and the sun slowly changed the sky from blue to orange/yellow. It was a really pretty sight. Many people had their cameras and selfie sticks out to capture the the beautiful sky.

DSC_0123When the sun was up, a lady chanted  in Hawaiian to welcome the new day.

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With the sun out, if felt a lot warmer. We decided to walk up the White Hill Trail – which was just a short walk to the top of a hill. The trail was a dirt path lined by large rocks that spiraled around the hill. It was an easy walk up to the top and the path was well-maintained.

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We spent the rest of our time taking photos and taking in the sights. From the hill, we could see the start of the Sliding Sands Trail and a road to a higher lookout point. We stayed on the trail to kill some time before we started our drive to Ulupalakua/Kaupo/Kipahulu Campgrounds.

Until next time, Haleakala! See more photos below!

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