AAA Editor Notes
The Silversword Loop, accessed by a 4.7-mi. hike from the park road on the Halemau‘u Trail in Haleakalā National Park, encircles an area covered with unique ‘āhinahina (silverswords). The spheres of silvery dagger-shaped leaves are endemic to higher elevations on Haleakalā Volcano. When in full bloom during summer, they can attain a height of 6 feet. Silverswords also can be seen near the Park Headquarters Visitor Center and at the summit.

Allow 6-8 hours for the 9.4-mile round-trip hike. Free trail maps are available at all visitor centers.

Included in 3-day park pass of $20 (per private vehicle); $15 (per motorcyclist); $10 (per pedestrian or bicyclist). A Hawai‘i Tri-park Annual Pass (which also includes Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Pu‘uhonua o H┼Źnaunau National Historical Park) is $30.
Park open daily 24 hours, except during extreme weather conditions. Park Headquarters Visitor Center daily 8-3:45.
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