Haleakala National Park
The Haleakala crater is Maui's leading volcanic vista.
To native Hawaiians it's name means the House of Sun.
Any visitor to Haleakala National Park hopes for a clear
view of the crater, which is often obscured by clouds,
mist, or fog. I was lucky to get this picture.
Haleakala towers above Maui, and this warning sign is
justified, since a driver reaches the crater by going through
the clouds. It has not erupted for 200 years, which qualifies
Haleakala as the world's largest dormant volcano.
At the Haleakala Crater level, a view back down to
Maui shows the cloud cover below.
From the crater overlook, here is a closer view of
the numerous cindercones in Haleakala. They take
a wide variety of shapes.
This huge volcanic formation in the crater lacks
the round shape I associate with cindercones.
Here is a round cindercone in the crater with a more typical
appearance. I adored volcanoes, starting with my earlier
visit to Hawaii in 1987. So the next step in 1993 was an all
day hike through the Haleakala crater.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free streaming video of this trip
to Hawaii by clicking on: Lava Luau