Sunrise to Sunset in Maui

Welcome to another day from my trip in Maui.  This one happened to be a very long and full day.  We work up around 3:30 A.M. to head up to the Haleakala summit to watch the sunrise.  My friends who live there have seen much more spectacular displays of the sun rising over the clouds, but I was content to see the sun break through a few times.  I was amazed at how different the landscape is up by the Haleakala Crater… it eerily felt a bit like Mars up there!  On the way down the mountain we saw a rainbow… there’s a reason Hawaii is known as the Rainbow State!

Since we were already on that side of the island, we decided to explore a couple of the early stops on the Road to Hana (I’ll be doing a separate post on our Road to Hana journey which happened the day after this one).  We stopped to see the rainbow bark on some eucalyptus trees and then we explored a bamboo forest.  Both sites were really beautiful.

That evening, Shara and I decided to go to a beach not too far from their place in hopes that there would be a pretty sunset.  God didn’t disappoint us at Keawakapu Beach near Wailea.  Check out His beautiful creation as seen on this great day in Maui back in March!

Shara, Mike and I waiting for the sun to rise on the Haleakala Summit.  It was cold at 10,000 feet (hence the reason Sam was staying warm in the overlook shelter).

Shara, Mike and I waiting for the sun to rise on the Haleakala Summit. It was cold at 10,000 feet (hence the reason Sam was staying warm in the overlook shelter).

 

The sunlight starting to peek through over the Haleakala crater.

The sunlight starting to peek through over the Haleakala crater.

 

Good morning!

Good morning!

 

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Standing on top of the world!

Standing on top of the world!

Here I am near the Haleakala Crater

Here I am near near the summit with the rest of Maui below.

 

The Haleakala Observatory

The Haleakala Observatory

 

A Haleakala Silversword plant

A Haleakala Silversword plant

 

It’s a really unique plant- check out more info on Wikipedia.

 

On the way down from the summit.

On the way down from the summit.

 

Rainbow State!

Rainbow State!

 

The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)

The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)

 

This was on the other side of the hill by the rainbow eucalyptus trees... the coast was everywhere.  Got to love islands!

This was on the other side of the hill by the rainbow eucalyptus trees… the coast was everywhere. Got to love islands! (Thanks for this shot of me, Mike!)

 

A closeup of the bark

A closeup of the bark

 

Entering the bamboo forest off of the  Hana highway.

Entering the bamboo forest off of the Hana highway.

 

Exploring with Samantha and Mike ahead.

Exploring with Samantha and Mike ahead.

 

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I love this.

I love this.

 

We happened upon this little waterfall in the bamboo forest.  It had been raining a lot recently.  :)

We happened upon this little waterfall in the bamboo forest. It had been raining a lot recently. 🙂

 

The view from the road

The view from the road

 

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

Shara let me borrow her tripod for this shot- The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

Shara let me borrow her tripod for this shot- The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

Shara let me borrow her tripod for this shot- The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

Shara let me borrow her tripod for this shot- The sunset at Keawakapu Beach

 

Such a great evening hanging out with Shara.  Can't believe we've been friends for twenty-two years now!

Such a great evening hanging out with Shara. Can’t believe we’ve been friends for twenty-two years now!

 

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