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Maui Mount Haleakala Volcano
Maui's largest and youngest volcano is Haleakala (House of the Sun). With it's last eruption a little over 200 years ago, Haleakala is a geological youngster. There are many ways for the Maui visitor to enjoy this 10,000 foot protrusion from the ocean.
The most common Haleakala trek is an early morning drive to the summit to watch the sunrise. The sunrise is often different but always spectacular. As the daylight begins to fill the sky, you realize how high the summit is as you peer through the clouds to the ocean below. On a cloudy day the view is of the mountain peaks spiking up from a carpet of clouds.There are few places one can see the ocean from 10,000 feet.
After the sunrise, you have some options. Walking around the crater edge you'll find the Sun Visitor Center, a great place to learn about the geology, ecology, and history of the area from extremely knowledgable Park Rangers and a great section of books for sale and browsing. They can also point you toward the other short trails and things to see around the crater including, the 360° view of the islands Hawaii, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, and Kahoolawe (on a clear day).
There are also numerous hikes all over the mountain from the casual walks to the very strenuous.