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Pa'kaoao trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Length5 mi
Elev. Gain300 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
This is a short trail to the peak of Pa Kaoao which is one of the highest view points in Haleakala National Park. Cinder cones, volcanic ashes and hardened lava flows make up the scenery of this trail.

You begin your trail from the Visitor Center and ascend through the side of Haleakala's cinder cone heading towards the south. You will see the Peak Observation Center and the Puu Ulaula cinder cone to the right. Follow the path as it evades the bottom edge of the cone. Turn left and start climbing the cone.

You will see the Sliding Sands Trail to your right towards the south. Continue climbing the path as it loops and turn left to reach the top of the bowl shaped peak of the cone. From there you can see the Haleakala wilderness and the bottom of the huge basin. In the distance you may also be able to see the tallest peaks of Big Island. Now climb down and go back to the starting point.

Best time to go
Throughout the year. The best time to go is during the sunrise or sunset.

$10 per car or $5 per person

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 42.89' N
156° 14.992' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Route 37 from Kahului to Route 377 and finally to Route 378 to reach the trail head that starts at the second Haleakala Visitor Center which is below the peak.
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Weather Report for Kula, HI
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 55 upcountry. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 66.9° F
Relative Humidity: 22%
Pressure: 29.93"
Dew Point: 27.0° F

Winds from the SW at 2.0 mph gusting to 8.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Haze in the morning. Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 85 at the shore to 62 to 73 upcountry. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows around 66 at the shore to 49 to 55 upcountry. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 53 to 80. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 44 to 66. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph early in the morning.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:03 AM
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