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| Snow on the summit of Haleakala
(National Park Service photo)

Haleakala
    10023 ft (3055 m) .
Location: Eastern part of island of Maui, Hawaii
Lat / Long: 20.7° N, 156.3° W
Volcanic Type: Shield volcano
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 1790
First Ascent: Native Hawaiian
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: ?
Administration:   Haleakala National Park (partial) and
Mauna Loa / Kalapala Forest Reserves (State of Hawaii)



Haleakala is the third highest volcano in Hawaii, another huge shield volcano which forms the eastern part of the dumbbell-shaped island of Maui. Haleakala (meaning "House of the Sun") properly refers to the large crater east of the summit, which was actually formed not by volcanic eruption but by erosion, and the volcano itself is often called East Maui by volcanologists. A prominent cinder cone, Red Hill, on the rim of this crater forms the true summit of the mountain, and a paved road leads to the top. Numerous other cinder cones and lava flows are found in the crater, along with rare and remarkable plants such as the Haleakala silversword. Snow now falls quite rarely on Haleakala, apparently it had been 10 years since the previous snowfall when the last major snow occurred in January 2002, which melted within two days. Any skiing or snowboarding must be done with extreme caution, since with the very shallow snowpack it would be easy not only to injure oneself but also to severely damage the fragile plants and terrain of the summit area.


| Topographic map of Haleakala (1:250,000 scale)
from USGS Maui, Hawaii
<click to enlarge>
Some useful links:  

    USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
    USGS HVO: East Maui Volcano (Haleakala)
    Haleakala Observatories (see Haleakala Crater Live Camera)
    Haleakala National Park
   
Topographic map of the summit of Haleakala
(1:24,000 scale)     from USGS Kilohana and Lualailua Hills
    <click to enlarge>


      More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


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