the snow capped volcanoes of the Big Island Hawaii
on the trail
a row of cinder cones
the colorful Haleakala Crater
watching the amazing view
the facilities of the Haleakala Observatory
dormant shield volcano dominates most of southern Maui.
The last major eruption is thought to have happened in
the 18th century.
It is part of the Haleakala National Park
that encompasses also the rainforest area around Hana and the Ohe'o
The main feature is the huge and colorful Haleakala Crater
with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and cinder
cones. There are two easy trails that lead you in and out the crater. Be careful of the height though, at 3000 meter
your breath runs out easily. On clear days you can even see the volcanoes of Hawaii island, some 80 km to the southeast.
to the summit is via the Haleakala Highway, starting in Kahului. With its many switchbacks and steep dropoffs this road is an
atraction in itself.
The clear, dry and thin air attracts many stargazers. The Haleakala Observatory
is located on
one of the peaks.
We have visited this very scenic place several times, lastly in February 1995.
the entrance to the crater is at a height of 3000 meters so better move slowly
the visitor center uses local materials
above the Sliding Sands trail
and they claim the volcano is dormant.....
it is time to go back