- Added on: April 17th, 2012
Definitely visit Haleakala. Haleakala is the dormant (but you can never be too sure in Hawai'i) volcano that makes up the big half of the island. Get a tour or drive up in your rental and watch the sunrise. Leave quite early, as I believe the drive holds a record for the most altitude gained over the shortest drive in the US, so there are many many switchbacks. Watch out for cows in the road. It also gets very cold, around freezing or lower, which most visitors to Hawai'i don't pack for. But it is a beautiful, otherwordly vista you will be rewarded with. The more adventureous can go on a hike through the crater. There are various options in length, with the longest trek being about 13 miles (but fairly easy). You will get to picnic with the nene, the world's rarest goose, and probably have to shoo five percent of the entire population away from your table while you eat. You will also find the silversword in abundance, that only grows here and in a couple of spots on the Big Island. The nominal fee you pay on entering the park is good for some number of days at all National Parks, so it is a very good idea to visit Seven Pools on the same pass.
For fruit, stop at any of the many little fruit stands you'll find on the roadside. These are, believe it or not, legit and have the freshest fruit for the best price.