Haleakala Highway (Crater Road), Maui

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Haleakalā, or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains.The tallest peak of Haleakalā ("house of the sun"), at 10023ft, is Puu Ulaula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.HistoryEarly Hawaiians applied the name Haleakalā to the general mountain. Haleakalā is also the name of a peak on the southwestern edge of Kaupō Gap. In Hawaiian folklore, the depression at the summit of Haleakalā was home to the grandmother of the demigod Māui. According to the legend, Māui's grandmother helped him capture the sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day.GeologyAccording to the United States Geological Survey USGS Volcano Warning Scheme for the United States, the Volcano Alert Level for Haleakala as of August 2015 was "normal". A Normal status is used to designate typical volcanic activity in a non-eruptive phase. Haleakala has produced numerous eruptions in the last 30,000 years, including in the last 500 years. This volcanic activity has been along two rift zones: the southwest and east. These two rift zones together form an arc that extends from La Perouse Bay on the southwest, through the Haleakalā Crater, and to Hāna to the east. The east rift zone continues under the ocean beyond the east coast of Maui as Haleakalā Ridge, making the combined rift zones one of the longest in the Hawaiian Islands chain.
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  • This is a drive we do every visit to Maui! Don’t miss doing this. If you Don’t have a rental car they have tours you can take. It is about an hour and a half from the airport to top of summit and alon...  more »
  • We are to set off at 1: 00 at night. You go to 3 hours of Lahaina up to Haleakala. The road is well built. You können...Liegen also meets cows that scare one into the night or are right on the side of the road! We made a reservation through the Internet. Pro car $1.50. You must locally but even $25 entrance fee for the Park pay. What is greatly exaggerated. If you are driving on the Haleakala, one should dress really warm. By the wind, it's so cold on the volcano. Icy... but the Sunrise is truly spectacular! We stopped at the visitor center. You can because for a small donation of $1, take a certificate with today's date. I think it's a great idea.
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  • The road that leads at the top of the Haleakala is splendid. It is wide and in excellent condition. The panorama is breathtaking. Predict a down jacket in altitude. Avoid early morning and sunset the Sun due to the traffic and buses of tourists.
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