On top of the world – Hawaii Part 5

In my last post, I left us about to start the trek up Haleakalā, the extinct volcano that dominates the eastern side of Maui.  At 10,023 feet, it’s taller than anything in NZ’s North Island, and only a handful in the South Island can boast higher.

Tip five: the top of Haleakalā sits above the clouds, so even if the weather’s not looking great, it’s still worth going!

The road slowly meanders it’s way up the mountain (yup, you can drive right to the tippy top – America!).  There’s plenty of opportunity to stop and take in the view, both below and above the cloud.  We’d managed to pick a spectacular day, and so were afforded some of the most incredible views.

Haleakalā means “house of the sun”, and when you get here it’s easy to see why.  I’m not much of a wordsmith, and even if I were I don’t think I could adequately describe watching the sun set into the clouds while perched atop an enormous volcano.  So I’ll let my photos do the talking…

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