The Park Of The Gods: Haleakalā National Park Is A Volcanic Paradise

Most Hawaiian locals consider the Haleakalā National Park to be the closest example of what paradise would look like. The park was originally intended to be part of the Hawaii National Park, but it made a name for itself in 1980. It was called Haleakalā after the legend of the demigod Maui who imprisoned the sun to lengthen the day. Thus, the park means “house of the sun.”

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The park features the East Maui volcano that has been dormant for a few hundred years now. It spans around 33 acres of pure wild beauty and is divided into two distinct sections, the Summit and the Kipahulu coastal regions.

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The Summit: This is the most scenic part of the park and includes the crater, the summit of the volcano, and the surrounding areas. Many visitors drive up the summit to watch the sunrise. It is here that they feel closest to the legend; with many stories expanding on the glorious experience of seeing such a stunning natural phenomenon. The Haleakalā Crater is also an ideal hiking spot.

Kipahulu coastal region: Though not well-explored, this area still showcases the spectacular natural diversity of Hawaii. It houses the Kipahulu Valley Biological Reserve, which is closed to the public to protect the native flora and fauna from the fragile rainforest. Visitors though can go to one of more than two dozen pools along the Palikea Stream.

This park is highly recommended for more adventurous families; those that appreciate the gentle beauty of wildlife.

The Haleakalā National Park is protected by local laws and maintains its beauty through the respect and appreciation of various individuals and groups. One such company is Dwyer and Associates that supports all national parks found in the US. Learn more when you like this Twitter page.

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