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  • Day5

    Haleakala Sunrise, Napili Coast

    June 19, 1992 in the United States

    Well, we did it! The alarm went off at 2:30am and by 2.50 we were showered and off in the darkness on the way to watch the sunrise at the top of Haleakala. The climb up the slopes was a long one - about 38 miles. In that distance you actually climb from sea level to 10,075 feet. We took some warm weather gear, but it was just icy at the top. I felt like I was back in Sydney again. Foolishly, in an attempt to warm myself I sprinted up the flight of stairs to the hut at the summit, and spent the next 5 minutes panting for breath. In the darkness I had not noticed the sign "Walk slowly at this altitude".

    We arrived at about 4.45. We were quite excited at the view we would get from the top, as the early morning was almost cloudless. As dawn approached a substantial bank of cloud had built up and sunrise didn't actually occur until about 5.40. After their early rise, the boys were getting pretty restless waiting, especially as it was so cold.

    The sunrise was nice, but I'm not sure it was worth a 2.30am start and putting up with the fatigue. More cloud rolled in, and obscured the view of the crater and anything much else. Disappointing, as Pete and I remembered very clearly the impact it had had on us the previous time. We hung around for quite some time, driving from summit to various viewpoints, hoping the clouds would evaporate and delight us with a wonderful view. It was not to happen and eventually we gave up at about 10.30. We had been up there for about 6 hours!

    To make matters worse, Sean had been complaining of feeling sick. Up it came at one of the viewing points, his own little private eruption. Further subsidiary eruptions took place as we descended the mountain on a narrow winding road down a mountain, it's difficult to stop when a sick child yells out "stop the car!".

    Back up at the top we saw lots of Silversword - a unique and beautiful plant which grows nowhere else in the world but on top of Haleakala. It has developed special adaptations which have allowed it to do so.

    We made our way back to Lahaina, stopping to pick up some bread rolls to eat for lunch before all collapsing into bed for a nap. On waking at about 2.30 we packed up again and headed off north through Napili and saw a lot of expensive looking resorts and condos. We ended up at a pretty bay for a swim, relax and sunbake (Honolua Bay). There were lots of beautiful coloured birds there that Pete and I both tried to film.

    Didn't leave til 5.45 and were the last ones on the beach. Home for a quick change and into Lahaina where the boys had their hearts set on Cheeseburger in Paradise. It had a rather pleasant ambiance as its built right on the water with the sea breeze blowing in, with a guy with a voice like Don Henley playing the guitar and singing.

    Pete & I were disappointed in the meal - bill was $58 for essentially a hamburger meal each. Pete & I had a nice cocktail each though, and the boys a "bottomless soda" in a mug which changed colour as you drank it, and which they took for souvenirs.
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  • Day7

    Haleakalā crater summit and sunset

    September 14, 2016 in the United States

    There I have been. Up the summit and while I was doing those 3000meter above sealevel in about two hours drive I felt alread really the height sickness with short breath and some headache.

    But the sunset was amazing and the clouds in the end made it even more spectacular!

  • Day15

    Maui - Day 7 (Mt Haleakala)

    August 8, 2016 in the United States

    This trip has expanded our horizons in so many ways. Today Amanda and I pushed ourselves over the edge... literally! We booked a tour with Eco-Adventures, a zipline company with minimal impact on the environment and a percentage of our admission going back into preserving the environment. Our tour guides, Kelsey and Shane, were very knowledgeable and extremely entertaining. They kept us laughing as we hiked through Mt. Haleakala to the different ziplines, which grew increasingly longer and steeper. Ziplining itself was incredible! The final step off the platform was a huge adrenaline rush, but once you're swinging a sort of calmness comes over you as you "fly" through the forest. It was Amanda's first time ziplining and I hadn't been since I was a teenager... by the last zipline we were both running and jumping off the platform, wishing the adventure could last forever! Fear of heights? What fear of heights?

    We could have easily called it a day after ziplining, but with only two days left of this amazing vacation we didn't want to waste a minute! We headed to the Kihei Village Shops, where local artists sell their work, and picked up a few souvenirs before heading to the beach. After an early evening swim, we watched the sunset over the Pacific and stars emerge in the night sky. What a day!
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  • Day25

    Fahrt auf Mt. Haleakala

    January 25 in the United States

    Für den heutigen Abend haben wir uns im Internet auf der Seite des Nationalparks des Haleakala einen Stellplatz Reserviert um den Sonnenuntergang am Gipfel über den Wolken zu bestaunen. $1.50 kostet der spass und is spätestens 24h je nach Puplikumsverkehr eben Online zu Buchen. Über was ich leider Online nicht gestolpert bin das der Eintritt in den Park nochmal $25 pro Fahrzeug kostet.

    Auf dem Weg besuchten wir noch den Walmart in Kahului, die Vodka Destillerie von OceanVodka bei Kula und die alte Historische Plantagen Stadt Paia.

    Am Tor des National Parks angekommen, Wolken! Mit grosser Hoffnung das es noch aufklart treten wir die fahrt zum Gipfel an. Oben angekommen keine Chance, das wird heute nichts!
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  • Day30

    Haleakala Hike, Summit and Sunset

    January 30 in the United States

    Ein Blick auf sie Wetterkarten und der Webcam nach dem Aufstehen, sieht vielversprechend aus.
    Also, warme Klamotten, Sonnenschutz, die Kameras, gutes Schuhwerk, Essen und Wasser ins Auto gepackt und ab zum Haleakala. Fahrt von Kā‘anapali aus ca.1,5h bis zum Gipfel.
    Am Nationalpark eingang werden wieder $25 pro Fahrzeug Eintritt fällig. Am Visitor Center angekommen entschieden uns ein wenig den Sliding Sands Trail in den Krater hinein zu marschieren, toller Blick, wie die Wolken über die Kraterrand schieben.
    Danach positionierten wir uns mit 100 anderen Schaulustigen am Gipfel um den Sonnenuntergang über den Wolken zu bestaunen.
    Sehr farbgewaltiges Spektakel.
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