ROAD TO HALEAKALA SUMMIT

While living here on Maui, I try and get up to the Haleakala Crater National Park every chance I get.  One of my favorite things to do is to head up on the afternoon of a full moon, hike down the Sliding Sands trail at sunset, loop around the cinder cone a few miles down, and head back up the trail to the rising moon and the darkening sky.  This is what I was doing a year back when I captured Stillness Speaks, and what Rebecca and I were planning on doing yesterday.  With Haleakala being over 10,000 feet tall, it is often engulfed in weather.  From the sea-level perspective, you can never tell for certain whether or not you’ll be able to get above the weather, so I generally just go for it and hope for the best.  If it’s socked in, as was the case yesterday, then it’s a chance to enjoy a drive.

The University of Hawaii has a live webcam looking into the crater from the summit, but it hasn’t been working for quite some time.  Can we get someone on this, please?

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