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Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala National Park, on the island of Maui, born from the same volcanic hot spot as Hawaii, preserves an older and more eroded volcano. It is spans a large variety of enviroments, and is also home to unique life species.

For 81 million years, a stationary plume of magma has been rising from a hot spot within the earth's mantle. As the Pacific plate moves northeswestward over this spot, new land which forms the chain of Hawaiian islands is created. While the volcano is still active on the big island of Hawaii, the fire has left Haleakala for a few centuries. Erosion has carved the summit of the volcano into an immense basin (called improperly "the crater" since it was not formed during the eruption) dotted with distinctive cinder cones.

Only a few plants have adapted to the harsh conditions created by the high elevation, porous lava soil, and wind, most notably the Haleakala silversword, which is found on the whole earth only here, with a total range of less than 2500 acres. Below this area, plants have had a better chance to establish themselves on the steep and lush mountain slopes, covering them with a subalpine shrubland, rain forests on the windward slopes, dry forest on the leeward slopes, and coastal habitats, all encoutered on a road which goes from near sea level to 10000 feet in 38 miles, one of the steepest in the world. Visitors can take in one of the most spectacular sunrise views anywhere on the edge of the crater, in near freezing temperatures, before relaxing in the pools of a tropical lush paradise in the sliver of the Park which reaches the ocean.

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Mauna Kea between clouds, seen from Halekala summit. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Sun rising, Haleakala Crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala crater and clouds at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala crater from Kalahaku at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Colorful cinder in Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Volcanic scenery with colorful ash inside Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Silversword, an endemic plant, in Haleakala crater near Red Hill. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Argyroxiphium sandwicense (Silversword) detail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Silverswords over dark cinder slopes,  Haleakala craterl. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waves breaking on volcanic rocks. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Coast at Kipahulu, morning. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Oho o Stream, sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waterfall in Ohe o gorge, evening. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pipiwai Stream, high water. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pandanus trees  (Hawaiian Hala). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Maile-Scented Fern (Phymatosorus scolopendria). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Lush Kipahulu mountains. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Makahiku Falls. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waimoku Falls, more than 300 feet high. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Trail through bamboo canopy. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Ohelo (Blueberry family). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Multicolored Eucalyptus trees, Hosmer Grove. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Nene (Branta sandvicensis). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Sea of clouds at sunset. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Stormy sea of clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Clouds from above. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Clouds seen from Haleakala summit. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Crater ridges with clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Cinder cones emerging from clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Clouds and Haleakala crater, evening. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Ridges and clouds, Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala Crater, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Mauna Loa framed by Haleakala Crater at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Mauna Loa and clouds at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Mauna Kea and clouds at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Mauna Loa between clouds, seen from Halekala summit. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Mauna Kea above and below clouds, sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa between clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala Crater ridge and starry sky at night. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Crater ridge and stars in motion at night. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala crater and stars at night. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala crater and rain clouds at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Halekakala crater, pre-sunrise dawn. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala crater from White Hill at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Crater rim and clouds  at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Crater and sea of clouds at sunrise. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Volcanic landscape inside Haleakala Crater. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Smaller eruption crater inside the Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Red Cinder flow and green vegetated ridge in Haleakala Crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Cinder cones within Halekala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Volcanic landforms with cinder cones. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Haleakala crater slopes and cinder cones at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) View inside Haleakala crater, early morning. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Colorful cinder in Haleakala crater seen from White Hill. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) View of Haleakala crater from White Hill with multi-colored cinder. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Clouds and Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Color patterns of ash flows. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Ash flows with bright colors in Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Volcanic landscape with brightly colored ash. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Brightly colored  cinder in Haleakala crater from Sliding sands trail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Silversword in Haleakala crater, Sliding sands trail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Silversword plant and Clouds, Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Halekala Silversword (Ahinahina) rosette. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Haleakala Silversword plant detail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Close-up of leaves, Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Silvery leaves of Ahinahina (Silversword) plant. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Tip of Haleakala Silversword leaves, covered with silver hairs. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Sword-like succulent leaves of Silversword detail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Naenae (Dubautia menziesii). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Braken fern (Kilau) and rocks. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Braken ferns (Pteridium decompositum). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Ohelo berry plants and sea of clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pukiawe berry plants in fog near Leleiwi overlook. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pukiawe white and red berries. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pukiawe (Styphelia tameiameiae). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Chukar. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Hawaiian Goose (Nene). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Hawaiian geese (Branta sandvicensis). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Nene geese. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Hawaiian Geese in shrubland. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Forested hillside below Haleakala. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Trees and shrubs from Hosmer Grove overlook. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Native ferns and shrubs. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pilo (Coffee family, Coprosma montana). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Sandalwood berries. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Ohia lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Eucalyptus tree trunks, Hosmer Grove. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Long exposure of ocean and rocks, Kuloa Point. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Surf, rocks, ocean and clouds, long exposure. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Storm and surf, Kipahulu. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Sunrise over stormy ocean. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Stream outlet at sunrise. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Kuloa Point stormy sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Ohe o Stream flows into the Pacific at sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Surf, rocks, ocean and clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Seascape with waves and coastline, and cliffs,  Kipahulu. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Coastline with volcanic cliffs and strong surf. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Waves and cliffs at Kipahulu, morning. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Oho o Stream on its way to the ocean forms Seven sacred pools. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pandemus trees and some of the seven sacred pools. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Tropical pools, waterfalls, and vegetation. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Tropical landscape with pools and waterfalls. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Gorge carved by Ohe o stream. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waterfall in Ohe o gorge, evening. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Cascades and waterfalls at the Seven Sacred Pools. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pipiwai Stream flowing into ocean, Kipaluhu. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waterfalls and bridge,  Seven Sacred Pools, Kipaluhu. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pipiwai Stream in Oheo Gulch. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waterfalls during high water,  Seven Sacred Pools. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Kipahulu mountain ridges, sunset. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pandemus trees and Kipahulu mountains. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Kipahulu mountains. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Tropical landscape with luxuriant vegetation on slopes. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Roots, trunks and fallen leaves of Pandemus trees. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Giant Banyan tree. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Pandanus trees. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Coconot tree and fruits. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Pineapple-like flowers of Pandanus trees. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Trunks of Pandanus trees. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Banyan tree. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Papaya fruit and flowers. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Maile-Scented native hawaiian ferns (Lauaa). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Glossy green leaf of Lauae fern with wart-like spore clusters. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Wild lily. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Fallen tropical almond (Kamani). Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Forest floor close-up with tropical almond. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Fallen tropical almond on forest floor. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Close-up of red leaf and green nut. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Makahiku falls plunging off a lush, green cliff. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Cliffs with tropical vegetation. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Steep Ohe o gorge walls covered with tropical vegetation, Pipiwai trail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Gorge from the brink of Makahiku falls. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Oheo stream double falls. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Guava tree with fruits. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Guava fruit on tree. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Web of wood, Banyan tree. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Trail through bamboo forest. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Bamboo forest along Pipiwai trail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Bamboo lined path - Pipiwai Trail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Bamboo grove. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Bamboo stems and leaves. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Thick Bamboo forest. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Bamboo stems. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Dense Bamboo forest. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Bamboo forest along Pipiwai trail. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Looking up dense bamboo grove. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Looking up bamboo forest. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Waimoku Falls, more than 300 feet high. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Verdant cliff with tropical waterfall. Haleakala National Park (Panoramic black and white) Haleakala crater with tourists gathered for sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Tourists waiting for sunrise. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Visitor center and sunrise watchers at dawn. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) People gather to watch sunrise above sea of clouds. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) First light hits visitor center on Halekala summit. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Parking lot, Halekala Crater summit. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Getting ready to ride bicycles down from the top of the Crater to sea level. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Tourist refreshes herself at the base of Waimoku Falls. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Summit road in fog, Haleakala crater. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) View towards West Maui from Halekala crater at night. Haleakala National Park ( black and white) Observatory atop Red Hill. Haleakala National Park ( black and white)
All the 162 black and white pictures of Haleakala National Park are on this page