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Haleakala and Ioa Valley

Kim and I finally decided to visit two spots on Maui we hadn't been too yet - Iao Valley and Haleakala.  Iao Valley is on the northern part of the island - Haleakala is a volcano on the southern part of the island with an elevation of more than 10,000 feet.

It took Kim and I about 2 1/2 hours to reach the summit of Haleakala.  It was strange that when we got out of the car and started to walk around, the extreme elevation had an effect on us.  The reduced amount of oxygen in the air made it noticeably difficult to breathe.

We weren't really dressed for the elevation and it was a bit cold.

Most of the Haleakala summit was in the clouds and we couldn't see very much.  We think this lookout point
we were at is at the edge of the main crater.  We could not see the bottom looking into the cloud.  Elevation
here was 10,023 feet.

Another view of the crater's edge with the clouds.

This plant is called Silversword.  It was so perfect, it didn't look real.  It only grew from about the 8000' level and up.

A view of Molokini from about 5000'
Iao Valley.  This peak is called Iao Needle.  The elevation is 2250' and it was used by ancient warriors as a lookout.

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