Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sunrise on Top of Haleakala

Sunrise at Haleakala
Haleakala: The House of the Sun

On our third day in Maui, we woke up at 3:15 so that we can join a tour that goes up Haleakala to experience what Mark Twain describes as "the sublimest spectacle" of his life.

Legend has it that the Demi-God Maui's mother Hina, would complain that the sun moved too quickly across the sky for her tapa cloth to dry. So Maui devised a plan to solve his mother's problem.

Maui climbed the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala, where the sun (named La) slept and hid in the night until the sun poked its head from the horizon. As the first ray of sunshine appeared, Maui used his lasso of twisted coconut fiber to stop the sun from its journey.

La (the sun) begged Maui to be let go but Maui won't allow it until La agreed to slow its trip across the sky.


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- gracey

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Anonymous –   – (February 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM)  

Beautiful colors and amazing perspective! It makes me feel I am on top of the world. I love the story also!

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