It's taken a while, but I've finally started sorting through all my Maui photos from last summer. It had been more than ten years since I'd forced myself to get out of bed at 3:00 in the morning for the two-hour drive up to Haleakala Crater.
The "House of the Sun" or East Maui Volcano is found in Haleakala National Park. It is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of Maui. From the 10,000 foot summit you get a great view of West Maui, and braving the freezing cold (and worse for the photographer - the wind) to watch the beautiful pre-dawn colors before the sun peaks over the clouds is definitely on many people's bucket lists.
My brother, niece and I all hiked up to the very tallest peak, Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill), from where I took these photos with my camera bag weighing down the tripod to help with the slower exposures. From the summit you have an amazing view down into a massive depression some seven miles across and nearly 2,600 feet deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones. It was a stunning sight!