Called the “House of the Sun,” it seems appropriate that Haleakala spends so much time between the clouds.
Inversion layers in the atmosphere here force an opening in the sky between lower and upper clouds. In the evening, the sun slips between the layers creating amazing shadows, reflections, and colors.
Suddenly you find yourself able to picture what you imagined walking on the clouds must be like as a child.
Haleakala rises up to about 10,000 feet from sea level and makes up the largest portion of the island of Maui. A nice road from the National Park Service provides access to the top where shivering visitors capture sunrises and sunsets on film.