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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 cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Isolated showers. Lows around 70 at the shore to 54 to 60 upcountry. East winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 69.3° F
Relative Humidity: 1%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: -36.0° F

Winds from the East at 4.0 mph gusting to 11.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.26"

Sunrise: 6:22 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 86 at the shore to 68 to 76 upcountry. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 71 at the shore to 55 to 61 upcountry. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 67 to 86. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 51 to 73. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:03 PM
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