Halemau'u Haleakala Overlook

Kula, Hawaii

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Haleakala, the House of the Sun, was so named when Hina, mother of the demigod Maui, complained that the days were too short to allow her tapa cloth to dry. She would have to fold it up still damp and the designs would be smeared. Maui went to the mountain, lassoed a ray of the sun, and would not let it go until it promised to move more slowly across the sky so the days would last longer. Most people view the crater named Haleakala from its southeastern end, near the visitor center. This upside-down hike, descending to the rim at the northwestern end of Haleakala, allows for a mind-boggling view into the volcano.

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"Haleakala, the House of the Sun, was so named when Hina, mother of the demigod Maui, complained that the days were too short to allow her tapa cloth to dry. She would have to fold it up still damp and the designs would be smeared.

Maui went to the mountain, lassoed a ray of the sun, and would not let it go until it promised to move more slowly across the sky so the days would last longer. Most people view the crater named Haleakala from its southeastern end, near the visitor center. This upside-down hike, descending to the rim at the northwestern end of Haleakala, allows for a mind-boggling view into the volcano."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kula
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Haleakala National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kilohana
Driving Directions: Directions to Halemau'u Haleakala Overlook

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May 2018