Day 5: Haleakala National Park, Makawao Parade, & Kahului Swap Meet

Another big day!  Up at 2:30am to drive from Kihei to watch the sunrise at the Haleakala summit, oh my! Although the distance is only about 40 miles, the trip to the summit took over 1 1/2 hours; the speed limits on the winding road to the summit are 15-20 MPH, and it’s dark at 2:30 am!

Early, cold, and windy!  Some guide books and online information understate the temperatures and wind – low 40s and gusts exceeding 50 MPH; you’ll need more than a sweatshirt to stay warm at the summit. I could have used a winter jacket and gloves.  #ItsWorthIt

Decide for yourself!

Before descending the volcano, we stopped in the Haleakala Visitor’s Center, and purchased some postcards and a book, Hawai’i’s Birds and Their Habitats. In talking with one of the park staff, we learned about the 51st annual 4th of July parade in the small town of Makawao and the T Komodo Store and Bakery, which boasts some of the best sweet rolls, donuts, and malasadas in Hawaii! Of course, we stopped at the bakery, family owned and operated for over 100 years, and purchased malasadas, dinner rolls, and cinnamon/sweet rolls!  From there we walked to the Sip Me coffee shop before settling in on the parade route.

Artists and musicians, stick horse races, antique automobiles, and Hawaiian pa‘u riders who honor the state’s cultural heritage. Below are just a few photos from the parade!


After the parade we decided to find the Swap Meet, where every Saturday from 7:00-1:00 farm, food, and art vendors come to sell their goods.  I purchased a few Hawaiian-made gifts, apple bananas, and shave ice!  We are certain to return next Saturday, much earlier.

For now, it was back to the condo for a much-needed and deserved nap!





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