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