Saturday September 12, Haleakalā National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve that supports native ecosystems in a volcanic landscape.
The Park Service incorporates Native Hawaiian guidelines and knowledge of cultural resources, using traditional and modern methods for the preservation of natural resources. The Summit District, the main feature is the crater. It is 6.99 miles across, 2.0 mi wide, and 2,600 ft deep.
At the summit, Sunrises and sunsets are popular events as well as stargazing. The park in normal times is open to visitors all day year round.
Sunday September 13, we were up and out before 8am. Another sightseeing day by car. We drove down to Hana on a crazy curvy road, on a quest to find the grave of Charles Lindbergh. The landscape on the drive was mountainous and lush with green vegetation. There were several small waterfalls and “swimming holes” along the way.
Charles Lindbergh died in Maui, 1974, and was buried at the graveyard of the Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church. The inscription reads, ‘If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea C.A.L.’
More photos from our excursion, fruit and coastlines.
Monday September 14- food shopping day, we’re leaving Maui tomorrow, going to sail around the Big Island then sail to Oahu.
My sourdough starter failed again, for the third time. I’m going to blame it on the rough sailing when we left Eureka. It was difficult to measure the flour and water, not to mention trying to keep it fed. At one point it spilled all over the counter. Here in Maui I found Maui Artisan Sourdough Bread Co.. He has an Etsy shop and sells his starter, so we went to his warehouse today and I purchased some. Not having an address to ship to, this was a great find! I think I’ll wait untill we get to Oahu to start the process as the next week or so we’ll be traveling.
We came across this old beach front cemetery, in the sand dunes, The Puupiha Cemetery. Headstones commemorate the lives of Japanese laborers. They originally came to Hawaii to work the pineapple and sugar cane fields in the 1800’s. The left facing swastika seen on several stones is used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in ancient religious cultures of Eurasia. It continues to be used as a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Hindu and Buddhist countries such as Nepal, India, Mongolia, China and Japan.
Across the street from the cemetery is the Lahaina Jodo Mission. The mission is a replica of a Japanese Buddhist temple. The statue was erected in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigrants arriving in Hawaii.