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Pa'kaoao trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Summary
Length5 mi
Elev. Gain300 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
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.
Users
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Best time to go
Throughout the year. The best time to go is during the sunrise or sunset.

Cost
$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 cloudy. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows around 66 at the shore to 50 to 56 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 68.4° F
Relative Humidity: 89%
Pressure: 29.26"
Dew Point: 65.1° F

Winds from the NE at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:50 AM
Sunset: 6:26 PM
Weather reported from Bamboo Mountain, 5 Corners , Haiku, Haiku, HI (KHIHAIKU17)
Forecast
Friday
Haze in the morning. Partly sunny with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 83 at the shore to 60 to 70 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 65 at the shore to 50 to 55 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 54 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Lows 47 to 69. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:51 PM
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