Haleakala National Park
by ALOHA DEAN
Haleakala Crater is the main attraction of this large national park and certainly one of the most unusual in the U.S. Hiking and camping is permitted and both offer rare opportunities to experience life at high elevation in the tropics. Many loops take hikers through the “crater,” more properly the eroded center of the dormant volcano than a true volcanic crater, and are several miles in length. Care must be taken to allow for unexpected weather like high winds, heavy rain, cold, and so on. Inclement weather, however, seldom stays long. Beautiful, clear days are more common.