Pa Kaoao Trail

Location: Hawaii
Trip Starts: Haleakala Visitor’s Center
Trip Ends: Haleakala Visitor’s Center
Total Distance: 0.5 mile
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Pa Kaoao Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight
More Information:

Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Makawao, Maui, HI 96768


A short trail (less than .5 mile or .8km round trip) leads to the top of Pa Kaoao, a small cinder cone. This is one of the highest vantage points in the park and this trail offers excellent views of the Wilderness Area. Stone shelters built by the early Hawaiians that explored Haleakala long ago are still visible from the trail. The trail starts just outside of the Haleakala Visitor Center (at 9,740 feet or 2969m).

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