The Big Island from Maui, as seen from Haleakala Visitor Center, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
View of the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa from Haleakala National Park. Haleakala National Park was originally created as part of the Hawaii National Park along with the volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Kilauea on the island of Hawaiʻi in 1916. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was made into a separate national park in 1961. The park area was designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. The name Haleakalā is Hawaiian for "house of the sun." According to a local legend, the demigod Maui imprisoned the sun here in order to lengthen the day.
The park features the dormant Haleakalā (East Maui) Volcano, which last erupted at around 1490. The two sections of the park average 1,450,000 visitors per year.