Haleakala Crater and Summit
The Haleakala crater and summit are the main reason for your trek, so make sure you see what you need to see. The landscape looks like you just landed on the moon.
At the volcano summit there are two observation buildings and parking lots. Because of the high elevation, you look DOWN at the clouds.
Several outside observation areas give you different perspectives of the beauty of this sea of lava.
Haleakala Observatories - Science City
See the white round alien looking buildings in the picture? That's the Haleakala Observatories - Science City is the common name for these white buildings.
Haleakala's remote location in the Pacific Ocean and lack of artificial light in the surrounding area make for ideal viewing conditions. This is one of the top five sites in the world for astronomy and probably the best site for solar astronomy.
You can observe these facilities from a distance, but signs warn you to not approach or enter the area. For very detailed information about Science City, visit the Haleakala Observatories website.
Haleakala - Endangered Plants and Animals
plant is a rare endangered species that only grows on the slopes of Haleakala, and blooms only once (usually in June or July) for about two months and then dies.
The silversword plant may live up to fifty years before blooming.
You may also hear the honking of the nene goose, an endangered species that lives on the wooded slopes of Haleakala.
Maui Volcano Haleakala from Haleakala Crater