I went to the cinder cone named Kaluu O Ka O'o( it means "deep hole made by sticking pole) about 4ml.hike to go and back. There was no plant on the way except Silversword. They can survive in this waste land and they are endemic and endangered.
We can see them at the visitor center of Mauna Kea. Center once held a event to distribute young Silverswords which were cultivated and plant around the center. I planted it carefully and put 100yen coin beside it for I could recognize it when I would come here next time.
But too bad it was dead. Only 10% of them alive. Of course I withdrew the coin.
The back of this picture was Kaolau Gap, once the lava flowed out here.
They are extremely beautiful cinder cones of their color and smooth surface
If you crick this picture to enlarge it you can see the trail that goes through Kaupo Gap (another gap it is covered with cloud in this image) and goes down to sea. There is a cabin and we need two days to go to sea. On the way back I met a attractive lady backpacker. She was alone and said she could reach the cabin until dark. I asked her if you stay alone, no!,with one man don't you feel scare? She said with a smile she dose not mind.
It is the crater of Kaluu O Ka O'o. It looks like deep nest of doodlebug. The foot of right side mountain is Kaupo Gap. From this gap the lave flowed to the sea.
Please watch the cinder cones again.
Opposite side is the cliff of eroded volcano, It looks like Caldera wall. Strata tell the history of this volcano. Can you see Godzilla and alligator in this cliff?
It is Hawaii Island seeing from the summit, Red Hill. Left side is Mauna Kea(13,796') and right is Mauna Loa (13,677') Pay attention Mauna Loa, it is a typical shield volcano, it heaped up from 18,000' depth of sea base. It's gentle slope indicate it has tremendous volume. Yes! it is the highest and most massive mountain in the world.
I went to Haleakala National Park in Maui Is. It was 41minutes flight from Hilo to Kahului by such small plane.
On the way we can see the line of volcano vents on the mountainside of Haleakala. It looks like Lakagigal volcanoes in Iceland. ( I have seen it in photos only)
It is the magnificent view of West Maui mountains. ( an elevation of highest peak is 5,788')
An altitude of Haleakala (it means House of the Sun) is 10,023'. It is the view of Haleakala crater from Visitor Center, superb!!
It is called Haleakala Crater, at first I thought it must be Caldera because of its scale and surrounded by high cliff.
But according to explanation board this crater is not volcanic in origin but erosion and in this basin so many cinder cones were made by eruptions. So it is better to call it Haleakala Valley.
In the subtropical rain forest with big monkey pods there is open space with no big tree.
It is the track of lava flow of 1790 fissure eruption in east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano. It is the State Park.
The fast flowing Pahoehoe Lava met trees and made many strange forms here so this park is called Lava Tree Park. This is the tree wrapped by lava and burnt away.
Lava encountered wet cold trees and was cooled down and became solid. When the flow drained away there leaved lava towers like this.
Burned out tree made a little lava tube.
This park is well maintained so it is very good place to stroll.