It was once known as the House of the Sun, the home of a demi goddess and the place where the sun disappeared at night. Lava once flowed from its caldera, but now relative calm dominates its varied landscape. Sandy red desert gives way to tropical coast and lapping waves during the day and at night, millions of stars light up the sky. For thousands of years, native Hawaiians have cared for this sacred piece of land, preserving both its natural wonders and spiritual heritage. That legacy is continued today. Originally part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this area became its own entity in 1961 and continues the legacy of preservation and conservation practiced by the ancient peoples who once called the region home. Today, this place is known as Haleakala National Park.
Haleakala brings together the duality of Hawaii: the devastation and barren land created by the eruption of volcanoes as well as the flourishing tropical paradise that thrives on soil created by rich volcanic rock. It embodies the death and rebirth created by these fire-spewing mountains, providing modern-day humans a place to not only study the wonders of our own world but to prepare for travel to other planets. This national park highlights what makes Hawaii an American paradise.
Once joined with its sister park on Maui, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not only an important location for the study of geological and volcanic phenomena but a historic site giving modern-day researchers insight into the ancient peoples who once called this state home. Today, scientists, park rangers and native Hawaiians come together to educate millions of visitors each year about the historical, cultural and scientific importance of this site. Tourists may find that nothing can compare to the majestic sight of molten hot lava erupting against the backdrop of the night sky, as if Pele herself were beckoning them to follow her into the unknown.
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