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Haleakala National Park - Maui, Hawaii

  Oheo Gulch on The Road to Hana marks the eastern tip of Maui’s Haleakala National Park, named after the 10,000 tall Haleakala volcano which forms Maui’s eastern side. A 5-hour drive back along the Hana Highway and up the Haleakala Highway will bring you to the park’s western entrance, a decidedly different landscape. Haleakala Highway ascends the mountain offering gorgeous views of central and western Maui. The10,023 foot summit overlooks the colorful, but barren Haleakala Crater. From the summit, visitors can see the neighboring islands of Molokai, Kahoolawe and Lanai as well as the sometimes-snowcapped peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii. Maui Sunriders is a company offering self-guided downhill bicycle tours. From the park entrance you’ll ride 32 miles down the lava fields and through Maui’s Upcountry filled with shops, restaurants galleries and flower farms.          - Mike Bechtol 2008

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