Tag: Hawaii’s volcanoes

How Maui got its Name

In the Hawaiian language, Haleakala means “House of the Sun” and it was here that Mowee, a super-hero of Polynesian mythology and namesake of Maui Island, leapt from hiding and lassoed the sun with a strong rope. He subdued the sun from racing too quickly across the sky each day and not providing the people… Read more »

Maui’s Haleakala – Where Nature and Technology exist in Harmony

Maui’s Haleakala volcano is host to some of the most advanced astrophysical research in the world. Cutting edge projects have included a significant role in the immensely successful Hubble Space Telescope (HST) as it orbits the earth taking magnificent photos and measurements of the Universe far beyond the capabilities of ground-based telescopes. The Hubble was… Read more »

Science City – High atop Maui’s 10’000 foot Mt. Haleakala

High atop Maui’s Haleakala, the dormant volcano that dominates the island’s landscape, “Science City” sits on a pinnacle of lava, cinders and ash formed from countless ancient volcanic eruptions. Its domes glisten in the brilliant afternoon sun above the mountain’s almost-daily flaring skirt of clouds clinging closely to its slopes like a ballerina’s tutu.  From… Read more »

Maui’s extinct volcanos are still on the move!

Lava rocks littering the Honoapi’ilani Highway across Maui’s westside pali (sea cliffs) are proof that two-million year old lava flows on Maui’s extinct volcano are still on the move! They are sliding toward the sea today just as they did in past millennia, but today they are being slowly pulled down the volcanic slopes by… Read more »