Mount Haleakala Volcano

February 20, 2004

Mt. Haleakala is one of two dormant volcanoes that form the island of Maui. It last erupted over 200 years ago. The drive to the summit can take up to 3 hours, depending on the weather and traffic.

Haleakala means "House of the Sun," after a legend that tells of the demigod Maui who climbed to the top of the volcano to capture the sun with a lasso.

The winds on Haleakala can be exceptionally strong. Wind chill temperatures can reach below freezing.

The volcano's summit is 10,023 ft. above sea level and the crater is large enough to contain the entire island of Manhattan, including the skyscrapers.

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