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Kipahulu is the lesser known side of Haleakala National Park. It is located about 20 minutes past Hana making it one of the hardest places to reach on Maui. It is famous for its waterfalls and fresh water pools.
The better known road to Hana has a 30 mile stretch with 550 curves and over 50 one lane bridges through the rain forest. However, there is a back way, but the car rental companies don’t want you to drive there. The road is dry and relatively straight. A few sections are a little bumpy or of graded gravel. It is a series of narrow blind spots that have the car rental companies spooked. You come to the top of a short steep hill on a one lane wide road and there is zero visibility with the possibility of oncoming traffic.
I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time I hiked down into it any real distance. It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a different perspective than what is viewed from the rim. My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job. They were photographed before the hike. Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).