Do you think it is possible for a dormant volcanic crater that is 30 kilometers in circumference, and up to 2,500 feet high, to exist somewhere in this world!?
Well, Maui again! The Haleakala Volcano exists, and it is located in the Haleakala National Park, south-central Maui island, Hawaii, U.S.A. This phenomenal location is one of a kind, and it is the major attraction at the Haleakala National Park. To think it was formed by erosion is just mind-blowing! However, the last time the volcano was ever active was in the early 18th century, so it’s totally safe to be out there seeing the beauty.
The crater got its name Haleakala, which means “House of the Sun” in Hawaii, from an old Hawaiian legend that suggests that a demigod imprisoned the Sun on the Island to make sure the earth was bright by day. The Haleakala Volcano is also the larger volcano of the two craters that make up the popular Hawaiian Maui Island.
The Haleakala Crater expands to an estimated size of about 49 square kilometers which includes a beautiful lake, forest areas, a desert, and meadow. There is more rainfall in the North-eastern part of the Island, which decorates the area with lush vegetation and many streams. The south-western part however, is arid and filled with varicoloured conical cinder that were deposited by secondary volcanic eruptions in that part of the Island.
A tour through the Haleakala Volcano is extremely soothing and relaxing, and it is also eco-friendly. This is not to mention the mind-blowing and humbling sunrise that beautifies the island. If you ever get the chance to visit Maui, make sure to explore it all!!