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Haleakalā Visitor Center
Haleakalā National Park

The Haleakalā Visitor Center, historically known as the Haleakalā Observation Station, is situated at the edge of the crater at 9,800 feet. Built in 1936, it was intended to be the major destination for visitors; providing sweeping views into the crater, as well as, a place to rest and get park information. This structure was part of early NPS development of the Haleakalā Section of Hawai'i National Park and is a good example of NPS rustic style architecture. Designed by NPS architect Merel Sager, the walls were formed with lava stone so it looked like it was merging with its surroundings and was part of the landscape.