ハレアカラ国立公園（2） Haleakala National Park（2）
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.