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A hiker walks down a trail within this out-of-this-world island landscape

haleakala crater maui hawaii

Fact 1: This national park area is Hawaii's most popular upcountry attraction, and covers the summit area of the larger of the two volcanic mountains that make up the island.

Fact 2: Although a Crater (upper case C), it is, strictly speaking, not a crater (lower case c). It’s so gigantic because it was formed over eons by erosion of the entire volcanic mountain top. Its highest point is 3,055m.

Fact 3: Sunrises and sunsets here are spectacular, as are the dark sky displays at night. If you go for a hike, the thin air means it usually takes twice as long to hike out than it does to hike in.

This is the Haleakala Crater on Maui, Hawaii.


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