House of the Sun
Haleakala – House of the Sun
House of the Sun
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Oil on Canvas
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18″ x 24″
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In my many visits to the volcano crater of Haleakala I’ve had extraordinary experiences there. It is truly an other worldly place.
There are three cabins built in the 1930’s, to stay in inside the crater. I have stayed in all and each one is in a different geographical location. The strenuous hike from Paliku cabin down to the sea is pretty amazing and one needs to be in shape for it.
One of these trips into the crater presented many fast-moving clouds, a little rain and some rainbows. The dark and light play of the sun was fantastic, it became the inspiration for “house of the sun” or
Haleakalā, in Hawaiian.
Haleakalā 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 the West Maui Mountains.
The tallest peak of Haleakalā at 10,023 feet, is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 7 miles across, 2 miles wide and nearly 2,600 feet deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.
The road to the summit of Haleakalā rises from near sea level to 10,023 feet in 38 miles, possibly the steepest such gradient for autos in the world. Visitors ascend through several climate and vegetation zones, from humid subtropical lowlands to subalpine desert. Striking plants and animals such as the Haleakalā Silversword and the Nēnē goose may be seen in this mountain section.
The summit-area depression, misnamed Haleakalā Crater, formed as erosion ate away the mountain joining to make two valleys. This 19-square-mile wilderness area 2,720 feet deep, is the park’s major draw.