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Drive time to Haleakala Summit

Old Mar 24, 17, 11:30 am
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Question Drive time to Haleakala Summit

Heading to Maui in early April and we're staying at the Hyatt Regency in Ka'anapali. We are planning to go up Haleakala one morning to catch the sunrise, and I'm trying to get an accurate idea on how long of a drive that is. Google Maps puts it at 62 miles and 1:53. The NPS website estimates three hours.

Anyone with actual experience on this drive?
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Old Mar 24, 17, 12:18 pm
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We did it in about 1:45 hours from Lahaina without traffic leaving at 7am, so 2 hours is probably a good estimate from the Hyatt.
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Old Mar 24, 17, 12:19 pm
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We have done the drive from Kihei and found that the Google Maps predicted driving duration when we went out the door was accurate within 15 minutes.

All the advice about this drive that we found online was considerably more conservative (recommended driving time was about 45 min longer than the Google Maps directions suggested it would actually take). We didn't encounter any bad traffic, although there was a minor slowdown at the entrance to the park. Being there early was fine; definitely it was worthwhile to have some extra time to walk from where we parked up to an outcropping with nice views, although to be honest nowhere around there are there bad views. It was cold (below freezing before dawn).

I know you know this because you have looked it up on the park service's web site, but don't forget to make a sunrise viewing reservation (a new requirement as of Feb 2017).
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Old Apr 19, 17, 1:52 pm
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I think 1h53m from Ka'anapali is just about right, assuming you don't have any wrong turns or traffic. Once you get near/into the park your speed depends upon the car ahead of you, but that probably only contributes 5m.
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Old Apr 24, 17, 10:25 am
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From Kihei

How long did it take you from Kihei we are staying at a condo. Not planing on sunrise but early morning.
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