Haleakala National Park

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Our Maui bed and breakfast
Last day in Hawaii. We checked out of the bed and breakfast and headed for Haleakla. A long twisting, rising road, filled with bicyclists coming down the mountain. We made it to the visitor's center and read the warning about having enough gas. I had just less then half a tank, but the park rangers suggested I fill up before heading to the top. We took her advice and went in search of fuel.

We drove back down to the highway and found a little town with a gas station. It was funny because the old lady that was there was watching the Ohio State University football game on this little TV. We filled up and got some advice to go to a little cafe for lunch. It was a great find and had a nice rest before we went back to Haleakala with a full tank of gas.
Inside the Hale Ho'okipa Inn


The views are amazing from the top, we were able to see the Big Island. Stretching across east Maui, Haleakala National Park is home to Haleakala Crater, an active, but not currently erupting volcano, and Maui's highest peak. Rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala's graceful slopes can be seen from just about any point on the island. Haleakala means "House of the sun" in Hawaiian, and legend has it that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun itself from its summit to slow the sun's journey across the skies.

Watching weather actually forming is an experience. We saw the wind bring moisture into the crater, and then clouds gently forming and flowing over the lip to the sky below. Although it was windy and chilly, we still managed to get sunburned at the top.

We drove back down, turned in the rental car and headed to the airport. A quick hop back to Honolulu and then onto Ohio. A beautiful end to a wonderful honeymoon and the start of our lives together!
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Our Maui bed and breakfast
Our Maui bed and breakfast
Inside the Hale Hookipa Inn
Inside the Hale Ho'okipa Inn
Hale Hookipa Inn Bed and Breakfast
Hale Ho'okipa Inn Bed and Breakfast
Get gas before entering!
Get gas before entering!
Jeffs favorite moment of the trip…
Jeff's favorite moment of the tri…
Haleakala National Park has more e…
Haleakala National Park has more …
Haleakala ahinahina, or silverswo…
Haleakala 'ahinahina, or silversw…
On top of the world, Ma!
"On top of the world, Ma!"
Must be what Mars looks like
Must be what Mars looks like
Viewing the Big Island in the dist…
Viewing the Big Island in the dis…
Turn right at the clouds and keep…
"Turn right at the clouds and kee…
Haleakala National Park
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