Haleakalā National Park
Destination To Paradise:
Just over 10,000 feet high, Haleakalā (House Of The Sun) is a dormant shield volcano which forms East Maui. Haleakalā is so massive that it makes up more than 75% of the island of Maui.
Haleakalā National Park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakalā and protects the unique and fragile ecosystems of Kipahulu Valley, the scenic fresh water pools along Oheo Gulch, and many rare and endangered native species including the Silversword plant and the Hawaiian Nene Goose.
Above the clouds, Haleakalā summit offers breathtaking sunrise views, changing terrain of lower Maui to the sea, and sometimes a snow-capped view.
Hawaiian Legends & Mythology
Hawaiian demigod Maui spent his time fishing while his hardworking mother, Hina, did household work. Their days were governed by La, the sun god, as he decided when there was daylight.
One day Hina worked on a special kapa cloth which needed to be dried by the sun. Hina was unable to dry her cloth completely because of shortened daylight due to Sun god La sleeping in, waking up late, then going to back to sleep early in the evening. She complained to her son, Maui and he decided to take care of the issue.
With a long coconut fiber rope Maui climbed to the top of Haleakala in darkness, waited for La to finally appear in a glorious morning light. Maui lassoed La and tied him to tree so Hina would have more daylight to dry her kapa. La was helpless being tied up and begged to be released. Maui demanded more day light in the day in trade for his freedom. Because of Maui, La blessed the Hawaiian Islands with additional sunlight.