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Haleakala Night

Haleakala Night

Haleakala is the 10,000-foot dormant volcano that accounts for much of the east half of Maui. Many people recommend that you view the sunrise from this location. However, I have never been able to get up so early — but I always wanted to view the stars from this vantage point. In 2009, I finally did it. I arrived in mid-afternoon and shot the caldera and sunset and waited for it to get totally dark. There was a quarter moon providing some light so I set my camera on a tripod and took this five-minute exposure. You can even see the streaks of the stars and airplanes.

It can get quite cool here at night — if you come for sunrise, sunset or the stars, wear and bring warm clothing. In the winter, it may even snow at the summit.

If you would like to see Haleakala in the afternoon, click here.

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