TASHA OLSEN

When we were approaching the foothills, we noticed that the top of the mountain was covered with clouds. We were warned that in Maui weather is very naughty, it changes frequently.


It didn’t take us long to make the decision to keep driving, and we didn’t regret it. It cost us $ 25.00 to enter the National park. Be ready to take a credit card with you! Cash is not an option.

Despite an overcast sky, it was an exquisite and unforgettable trip. I would say that Haleakala is my most striking impression of Maui, and even the fog didn’t spoil it.

               
The fog was rising over the grass; it was sliding above and between the bottoms of the cliffs forming mysterious patterns out of its own mist. Here and there it slowly wandered to the top and covered it with the fluffy blanket of clouds. The surrounding nature was serene. The light wind gently shook the top of the flowers as it was singing a lullaby song to the surrounding nature. We reached the end of the world…

Do you see what I saw?
A hunter is lying behind the stone and nearby him a dog lifted up its head…

Crater. What weird unrealistic colors! Breathtaking.

The last eruption of the volcano happened in 1794. Scientists describe Haleakala as a “sleeping” volcano. There is always a possibility that the volcano “wakes up” one day and will surprise us with a new eruption.  Haleakala means “House of Sun”. Long ago, in ancient time, one of the local gods got upset with the Sun that it finished its “run” over the sky too fast. The furious god caught the Sun with the net and forced his hostage to promise not to be in a rush – ever again!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor center and parking.

           

Summit (10,000 feet above sea level).  Observatory.

            

Maui is often named as the Rainbow Island. Haleakala may be called Rainbow Mountain.

Tip: stop at the first and second turn outs, don’t ignore them! At the first turn out you have to walk a few minutes to see an outstanding view of the canyon (if there is no fog!)

         

For those who are looking for complete solitude, there are “primitive cabins” (with no electricity or running water) to rent in the National park. You have to make reservation six months in advance with a maximum of 3 nights stay, and still there is no guarantee you will be lucky to get it! The only way to get the cabin is hiking or riding a horse. I should admit that after visiting Haleakala, Maui justified the reputation of “magical” and “unpredictable island”. I could never imagine that the “primitive cabins” would be so popular!

On the way back it rained, and we stopped at Kula Lodge Restaurant.

Kula is a charming tiny town in the foothills. It was getting dark and cold and the manager started the fire. Real fireplace, no electric or gas imitation!

The bill given to us by a polite waiter, didn’t shock us. Within the week we gained the skill to control our blood pressure rocking up when we signed the bill for $75.00 for two sandwiches, coke and a hot cup of tea. Besides, the warm fire place in alliance with the beautiful view of the mountain outside made us less vulnerable.

Our trip to Haleakala came to the end in the Lodge’s garden. Nicely groomed flowerbeds with exotic flowers and bushes.

As the previous day, we came home exhausted, happy and full with new impressions.