A visit to the Valley Isle necessitates at least a day at Haleakala National Park—one of two national parks in the state (the other is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii). This special place resonates with tales of ancient Hawaiian folklore, features two remote areas—atop the summit at 10,000 feet and at sea level in the Kipahulu District reachable only via the road to Hana—offers miles of hiking trails, and the summit is home to the endangered nene (Hawaiian goose) and silversword plant. The road to Hana is a journey in itself with plenty of stops along the way. Start early, fill up on gas and take it slow along the road’s 617 turns and 56 one-lane bridges. Toward the end is the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park where you can stop to see Oheo Pools and take the four-mile Pipiwai Trail that ends at 400-foot Waimoku Falls. In addition, you can bike down the slopes of Haleakala, explore its lush forests and waterfalls on exclusive hikes, zip across tree canopies, as well as snorkel at the pristine waters of Molokini. And if your interest lies in the days of old Hawaii, check out the historic sites along the Lahaina Historic Trail in the oceanside town.

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