Combine a scenic, expertly narrated tour to the summit of spectacular 10,023 foot high Haleakala with a visit to the Iao Needle located in lush Iao Valley State Park, Wailuku and old Lahaina Town. Your day begins when we pick you up from your Waikiki hotel and take you to Honolulu Airport where you will board an Hawaiian Airlines flight to Maui, the Valley Isle.
From Kahului, we will take you through upcountry Maui to Haleakala, a drive that is billed as one of the most dramatic trips of a lifetime. Haleakala, "the House of the Sun," is a dormant volcano that last released its fury in 1790. Over 200 years later the land surrounding the lava flow is still barren. Many believe that Haleakala Crater resembles the surface of the moon or, more likely, Mars with its red hue. Visit Mount Haleakala Crater, Visitor Center and Puu Ulaula Overlook.
As you descend from the summit, we stop at the upcountry town of Makawao for lunch on your own, at Casanovas Italian Restaurant. Then, its on to Iao Valley State Park for a view of the majestic Iao Needle. We head to Lahaina, driving through the historic town of Wailuku, past the Kaahumanu Church. As our driver continues on to return other passengers to their Maui hotels, you will enjoy a self-guided stroll through old Lahaina Town, the whaling era capital of Hawaii.
Then, its time to return to Oahu, where we will pick you up from Honolulu Airport for the short drive back to Waikiki.
This service is operated by Polynesian Adventure Tours, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Prices are approved by the National Park Service. Please address comments to:
Haleakala National Park
PO Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768