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The Story of Haleakala

The journey to visit the top of this majestic mountain and dormant volcano named Haleakala is arguably one of if not the number one main attraction on Maui. There are many ways to experience this extraordinary endeavor such as going up with a bike tour and pedaling back down, up before dawn for the sunrise experience, at your leisure in time for the sunset, camping or staying overnight in the crater at a cabin, horseback riding across the volcanic floor or travel up at night to see the outstandingly clear view of the stars. This volcanic mountain is an impressive ten thousand feet above sea level and takes about 2.5 hours on a windy highway to get there. Dress accordingly as temperatures drop between 50 to 65 degrees depending on the conditions which are sometimes known to dip below zero. It may rain with wind shear and possibly even snow in the winter. So strap on those hiking boots, layer on those clothes, pack a raincoat and umbrella just in case the weather calls for it. Also, be sure to remember fill your vehicle gas tanks. Bring provisions to eat and drink as there won’t be any opportunities to fill up on the way there and on the way back until you head back into town. If you choose to go for the trendy sunrise view, you will need to make a reservation as late as the day before, so as to ensure a parking spot at the summit. Once arrived, there is a bathroom and nature center that will allow for some warming up however, you will want to find a nice spot outside to perch for the next moments where you witness the suns’ first exposure of welcoming a new day. Careful not to blink, you’ll not want to miss the split second when the laser of the suns’ corona flashes its epic green ray. After the adoration of the suns’ grand entrance has all been had, you may want to hike into or around the crater trails for a time to experience the mars-like familiarity without the added space gear, but with likely the same deafening silence. The rhythmic crunch of the red cinder pebbles beneath your shoes can be hypnotic. You may encounter some very rare silversword plants that are only found at this location on the entire planet. The silversword plant looks inviting with its spear like leaves that look soft and fuzzy with fur. It’s best not to touch. The Silversword plants are extremely sensitive and its leaves can break off very easily which could cause it to die. If you’re lucky, you may even see the revered state bird, the Nene goose. Again, please don’t chase or touch; they bite hard and so does that heavy fine you’ll get when caught. While hiking the long nineteen miles one way across the volcanic floor and need I remind you that this is a dormant and not extinct volcano so…no pressure, no pressure. This mountain has the mythical story behind it that you may have heard where Maui the demi-god strapped a lasso around the sun to encourage it to move slower. There is another mythical legend that there once resided here the volcano and fire goddess Pele, after being exiled from Tahiti due to her fierce temper. She did have time spent at Haleakala to live before a battle with her sister goddess of the sea, Haumea. She lost that battle and it is said that Peles’ spirit lives at the now active volcanic mountain, Kilauea on the Big Island. It is also said that there are times when she may appear as a spirit; an attractive young woman, an older white haired elder and sometimes as a white dog. She might test the generosity of a person and one might hope that one does not fail, as to feel the wrath of Pele would not be a contented outcome. Known for hitch-hiking, Pele in the back seat, once the vehicle starts moving, she will mysteriously disappear and by this time one would know that an encounter has taken place. To add onto that nugget of information, one does not want the negative repercussions that occur when one tries to take any type of volcanic rocks away from the island as a souvenir. Bad idea. Aside from the long Dramamine filled rides to the summit before dawn, the cold biting weather conditions, the risk of rousing a sleepy volcano and aside from fighting the temptation of heisting a possibly cursed volcanic pet rock…it’s safe to say that a visit to the majestic mountain of Haleakala, the House of the Sun will leave you walking away with a once in a lifetime experience that may come close to something that is in the vicinity of satisfyingly spiritual. The state motto and known Hawaiian phrase is Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina I ka Pono which translates: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. Remember to treat all land, foliage and artifacts in Hawaii with respect. Be kind. Never leave your trash behind.
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It was an epic road trip. We got a camper van. We drove on the road to Hana with no issues, camped in the rain, camped in the wind, by the beach, under streetlights and in the middle of nowhere. We loved exploring the road to Hana at a much slower pace. This was an incredible experience. Thanks, Aloha!

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“Yeah, perfect day, we saw two big humpback whales, thousands of fishes, turtles, the cliffs and much more! We were able to see 150 meters down in the sea. All in all, it was an awesome experience, without any ripple out there. It could not be any better!”

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We went to the south east side. Then we went to Molokini. We saw a 5-feet white shark. Water clarity was amazing. Then we just cruised around. We also caught a couple of fishes. It was a great experience all around! Thanks!”

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Caroline and Sabastian

“Well what can I say about the trip of a lifetime? We got engaged. We spent a magical time at a National Park. Aloha Outdoors was totally cool and showed me everything. We spent less for a home and car than anyone could manage with a hotel and rental car.”

Joel and Tanya

Joel and Tanya

“Being able to rent the camper van for a full 10 days made our Maui experience so much more!! In fact I have sent dozens of people your way already, so expect a few more people from Juneau Alaska! Thank you sooo very much it was the best way to travel! Oh, and keep the extra food and drinks!”

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

“We rented a camper for my fiancé’s birthday and had a such a great and memorable experience! What a beautiful and unique way to see the island. Our friends rented a second van a we toured the island as a group. It was an opportunity of a lifetime on a minimal budget. Thanks Aloha Outdoors.”

Lonnie S.

Lonnie S.

What a great time on the water, the boat was fantastic and ran flawlessly. They gave us great instructions and recommendations on where to go. We went to Molokini crater and did some snorkeling, fun time and beautiful fish galore. Then on the way to turtle town the Humpback whales put on a show of a lifetime. I just love the whales and dolphins. How incredible to see them breach so close. Nothing better than having your own boat and the freedom to go where you want and when you want. 5 Hours was just the perfect amount of time.

Cory S.

Cory S.

Just got done with the boat rental from a few hours ago. In a word, AWESOME! We started at 6am so we beat the crowds for snorkeling at Molokini, then just cruised around looking for whales. We saw at least 10, with a few of them fairly close. I will recommend this to anyone coming to Maui. The staff was great at setting us up and made it a breeze. The boat was very nice and we only had to spend $31 on gas, although we didn’t go as far as most people might. If you’re thinking about doing it, do it!

Debbie M

Debbie M

We live here and we’re looking for a way to get on the water without buying our own boat. They gave us an awesome orientation, launched the boat, and off we went. So many whales! Went over to Molokini, then over to Wailea to cruise the coast. Found a mooring, went swimming & ate lunch. Coming back, they were right there to take our lines, and take over from there. So nice to just show up, take off, and then leave the clean up to them! Looking forward to doing it again! Highly recommend this avenue to all!”

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