15.3.2016 / Maui, Hawaii

This is mighty Haleakala, on top of which the observatory is located at 3055 meters above sea level… „Haleakala“ means „House of the sun“ – a massive dormant volcano that forms more than 75 % of the island. According to Native Hawaiian culture, the mountain was home to the grandmother of the demigod Maui, who gave the island its name. According to the legend, Māui’s grandmother helped him capture the sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day.


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