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Friday, February 15, 2013

Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

Maui was the third and final island we visited on our 1987 honeymoon in Hawaii. Here are some of the photos from Haleakala National Park on that island. The elevation there was about 10,000 feet (3,055 m), and the scene looking down into Haleakala crater was just incredible.

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The dormant crater of Haleakala Volcano in Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala Crater

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Haleakala Crater

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Haleakala Silversword is found only in Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui.

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Haleakala Silversword

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Haleakala Silverswords

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The Hawaiian Goose, also known by it's Hawaiian name nēnē (pronounced nay-nay)

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The nēnē is the state bird of Hawaii.

I'll have more from this beautiful island in a future post.


15 comments:

  1. The shots of the volcano are awesome! You look so cute and happy standing next to that silversword. A new bride in a gorgeous locale. I've never seen that bird before. The markings are very cool. Hope you have a great day!

    P.S. I wonder why google is asking me if I want to translate the page into English from Afrikans?

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  2. WOW,what spectacular images! God has created a world of such diversity and beauty.Thanks for sharing these images.

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  3. beautiful sweeps of color in those first couple of shots. always love to see you. :)

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  4. Gail - It's not surprising that you haven't seen the Nene before because it is found in the wild only on the Hawaiian islands. As for crater, it has to be seen to be believed. It doesn't look like anything else I've ever seen.

    Ruth - Thanks so much. The images are old, of course, and from film slides, but that view is indeed spectacular.

    Theresa - I wish you could see Haleakala in person. It's absolutely stunning.

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  5. Very interesting. Someone once informed me that most of Hawaii is baby land, less than five million years old. The continents are much older.

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    1. Stephen - Hawaii is still being formed by active volcanoes. As one who takes the Bible literally, I'm of the young-earth persuasion myself. So I can say confidently that Hawaii is less than five million years old. :)

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    1. Thanks, Keith. It's hard to get a bad picture in Hawaii. :)

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  7. The crater sceneries look a bit frightening to me, such a bare-looking place. It seems there can be no life but if you look closer and see those beautiful Silverswords, it's unbelievable. And the fact that Silverswords grow only in Hawai, how interesting is that! I like the silver green needles.

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    1. Petra - The crater looks like a most beautiful oil painting. I've never seen anything else in nature quite like it. The Silverswords not only grow only in Hawaii...they grow only on the island of Maui at an elevation of 6,900 to 9,800 feet (2,100 to 3,000 metres) on the dormant Haleakalā volcano.

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  8. These are wonderful pictures of the crater and surrounding area. We're going to have to add Maui to our bucket list. That Silversword is a fascinating plant.

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  9. Wow---those photos are excellent. Loved the first 3 photos showing that volcano crater. WOW!!!!!

    Love seeing the Hawaiian Goose.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. George - There is so much to see on Maui, including lots of waterfalls. I know you'd love it.

    Betsy - Thanks. Haleakala has to be seen to be believed.

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  11. Oh those silverswords are lovely. What's their texture? Are they soft, sharp, rubbery like aloe?

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    1. Hilary - The silverswords are an endangered species. I was really not supposed to have walked out to stand beside the blooming one, but I wanted to show perspective. I didn't touch it, though, so I can't tell you about the texture. They have a life span of 10-50 years, most of that in their round form. Once they bloom, they die.

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