Haleakalā ("house of the sun") is the volcano that created 75% of Maui. A favorite for many is driving to the summit to watch the sunrise. At 10,023 feet elevation, we started our journey at 3:30 AM to watch the colors evolve before the 5:45 AM sunrise.
Beautiful! Take your jacket, it was 45 degrees there and is usually around 20 degrees cooler that the coasts below.
Part of the 7-mile wide crater atop of Haleakala
Left: The rare silversword plant atop Haleakala. Right: A Chukar.
Iao Valley State Park
The 1,200-foot Iao Needle and surrounding mountains
Bird of paradise
Beautiful plants in Iao Valley
The wonderful, new Andaz resort in Wailea
was our home for three nights of pampering. Amazing place! Their main restaurant, Ka'ana Kitchen, features mostly local ingredients and is outstanding.
Three infinity pools flow into the fourth pool. A fifth "tranquilty adults only" pool is located in another area.
The beach at Andaz, along the beach path that goes for a couple of miles and connects all the resorts in Wailea.
Plenty of spots to soak in the Maui views!