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Shirley LamPoor Mom and Dad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007

Shirley Lam

My bf and I left my parents at the top while we went for a long trail run down into the crater and across to another trailhead where they were supposed to pick us up. They wanted to hike down the crater a little ways, so we forewarned them about how easy going down would be and not to underestimate having to hike back up the trail with the altitude. Well, over eight hours later and an hour overdue, we got worried and started walking back up the road to the top. Eventually, we found them, but long story short, guess what happened?
Posted Jan 30, 2008 11:18 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007


The hardest summit ever...I almost couldn't do the 50 feet between the parking lot and the top. In the end I conquered.
Posted Dec 29, 2007 9:56 am

hikerbryanCheated  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Drove to the top. Checked out the sunrise. Looked around the summit for a bit. Went to the beach for some relaxation. I only felt guilty for a little while.
Posted Oct 3, 2007 12:15 am

kunz82414No Board Shorts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2007


A friend and I drove to the top, took some photos and hiked around a little bit. Even high elevations in Hawaii can be harsh; the wind was some of the most intense I have experienced. It's a whole other world compared to the beach. This was the first time I had ever been at sea level and over 10,000ft in one day.
Posted Aug 2, 2007 4:37 pm

dmikiA very nice day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007


Hiked down Sliding Sands, across to the Bottomless Pit and up the Halemauu trail courtesy of Banana Bungalow. Very diverse environment and flora. Met quite a few people on horseback, who didn't seem to be enjoying themselves too much. Silversword in bloom. Clouds set in above Koolau Gap unfortunately, obscuring the views, turning the place into something resembling the Emyn Muil... Fantastic sunset from the summit (dress warmly)!
Posted Jul 11, 2007 8:14 am

madsjimDrove to the top  Sucess!


I was browsing through the site and realized this was a mountain page. My parents drove me to the top when we visited Maui. I don't remember much except for the observatory and the big crater.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 9:42 pm

snowclimber12cool  Sucess!


cool mountain awesome view all the way down to the ocean, when clouds werne't in the way
Posted Apr 22, 2007 10:35 pm

honubeach to summit on foot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2007


ty and i started our hike on the beach just past kaupo at 5:30pm. we hiked up the kaupo gap. strong wind and rain during the night made it very cold. made it to the summit by 4:50am in time to huddle in the summit pavilion for sunrise. dozens of tourists piled in to the pavilion to photograph the sunrise in the protection from the wind. some nice tourists gave us a ride back down the mountain. we've been thinking about hiking beach to summit in one push since we moved here nine months ago. glad to have finally done it. very special mountain! :)
Posted Apr 17, 2007 7:20 pm

EverydayExplorerSwallowed my Pride  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2005


I swallowed my pride and drove up. I have to say if you are too hard core to do that then you are missing out on one of the most amazing sunrises on the planet.
Posted Apr 11, 2007 2:44 pm

NickyPDrove up, rode down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2002


I was driven up to top, spent about 1/2 hour looking around, and then got on my rented mtn. bike for the sweet 27 mile downhill ride.
Posted Mar 9, 2007 11:10 pm

ppergandeSliding Sands Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006


Once we drove to the top, my wife and I hiked approximately 4 miles into the crater basin and back out. It's a beautiful place not unlike the rest of the island. I can't wait to plan a multi day hike from sea level some day.
Posted Feb 15, 2007 12:26 am

theronmoon2 times a drive up  Sucess!


Twice in a two week period drove to the top with my mother. Not sure if I reached the tippy tippy top or just the highest parking lot twenty feet below, memory lost. Very cloudy both days, had a amazing view of the peak when my plane took off.
Posted Nov 15, 2006 1:47 am

Joerg MarretschAwesome sunrise!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2006

Joerg Marretsch

Awesome sunrise and the fastest possibility in the world to reach 10000 ft from sea-level in 100 minutes (without a plane). Drove up with rental car.
Posted Oct 28, 2006 2:32 pm

thediddlerDrive up  Sucess!
On my honeymoon. Make sure you don't run out of gas
Posted Aug 31, 2006 7:35 am

RickFRoute: Hosmer Grove to Kaupo Village  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1978


A wet tropical adventure for one of my first Backpacking/Peakbagging experiences. Hiked the first day and night in the rain. Woke up in the morning to a sureal sunrise view overlooking the tops of the clouds. Exited via Kaupo Gap. In 1978 Kaupo was a remote village on the south shore of Maui, without paved roads or electricity. It was there that I shared the best luke-cold beer of my life with my friends Jim and Carlos.
Posted Aug 22, 2006 3:45 pm

bennovakDrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2003


One of about a couple thousand other successful summit bids that occured that day. I owe it all to the tenacity and fortitude of my rented chevy malibu.
Posted Jul 23, 2006 9:05 pm

CornvallisDa Road  Sucess!


Tough summit in our rented HHR. Very cool mountain and Island though. Drove up for sunset after a hard day of snorkling. Came back a few days later and explored the crater a bit more
Posted Jul 12, 2006 5:18 am

SteveinFXBGWhat a great place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006


My first trip to Hawaii, on my honeymoon, we made the drive up to the top. We stuck around and watched the sunset since my wife wasn't too interested in being cold and crowded for the sunrise. From what I could tell it was every bit as nice as the sunrise. I was very impressed and I'm pretty sure she was too.
Posted Jul 8, 2006 4:01 am

Mike NSliding Sands Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

Mike N

Very cold at the top. Bring warm jackets for the sunrise. Temp was around 40, the beach was 78 at 3:00 am. It will take 1:45 to drive there from Wialea. The views from the top are great. The hike into the crater is OK, but I would not do it again. The views are better from the top. The trail is littered with horse manure. There are great photo opportunities everywhere. One bit of advice for people trying to get sunrise pics...turn off the flash, it won't reach. There are crowds of people at the top for sunrise but as soon as the sun is up, the place empties out. I am also glad I did not take the bike ride down. The bikes seem like flimsy BMX bikes and they go really slow (I am sure for safety reasons). Do it once while you are in Maui, then go enjoy the rest of the island.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 1:03 pm

RileywynaRoute Climbed: drive Date Climbed: june 2003  Sucess!


Nice drive.

I camped on the Mountain with my wife Jackie and daughter Megan and managed to see 3 of the endemic Honey Creepers.
Posted Dec 19, 2005 10:48 am

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