Not far from Hawaii is the second jewel of the volcanic nature of the archipelago - the island of Maui, which is amazing, steeped in legends. And, from whatever angle swim to the island, visible from afar whenever powerful silhouette outline, speaker of the island - the crater of Haleakala.
Climb it is not so easy - the volcano slopes covered with dense thickets of tropical vegetation type and placers basalt boulders black, so raising takes at least two days. But even those who prefer modern facilities and rises to the top of the car on the way to twenty kilometers to the convolutions, for a long time will remember the time when, under the soles of his feet suddenly opens endless bowl of one of the volcanic craters of the world's largest size.
Crater Halekaala managed to open in 1778 the great navigator Cook. He said the volcano on the map under his name of Polynesian origin, which translated means «House of the Sun».
Residents of the islands of Hawaii known to legend, which is god Maui caught the sun, his name is called the island. It happened, as in the legend, because of the fact that it is the light of day was much hurry. It ran across the sky at very high speed, and the duration of the day has decreased, so that once the goddess Hina, mother of Maui, not even had time to dry the blanket, which she has woven that morning. Angry at the sun, she ordered her son to catch him and be done with incredible speed of a celestial object.
Maui rope made from palm fibers, and disappeared at the top of the volcano. As soon as the first rays of the sun began to emerge from the rocks, he tied them with ropes and catch the light. Sun captured, had to promise never to break the usual rate of movement, and since then the day is not getting shorter in Hawaii.