Day 21 – Hosmer Grove, Haleakala Crater, Maui Hawaii

The past couple of week’s life has been quite hectic for us. It was hard to get away for a full day of fun, so Steven and I opted to head up Kula Highway to Haleakala Crater; stopping at the 7,000 foot (2133.6 meters) elevation for sunset and to hike Hosmer Grove.

Like many other things that we are doing this year, Steven and I had never hiked Hosmer Grove; we found the trail to be very short, as well as very beautiful. And it was great feeling a real chill in the air; in Jan/Feb the average high is 59 degrees F (15 Celsius) & the low 41 degrees F (5 Celsius). (Yes, I think even non Haiku-ers would think the air was nippy!)

Right after you drive past the Haleakala Crater ranger station, on your left is the road that leads to Hosmer Grove. At the parking lot you’ll find restrooms and a small camping area. The trail can be a bit precarious but in general the hike is easy. If you walk really, really, slowly it may take you 25 minutes, and that includes taking time to read the signs that are posted describing the assorted trees and wildlife.

I never thought I’d become a bird watcher…

Trust me, this is like the bird on the sign. It has a beautiful song!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the left for a little bit of a longer walk – going to the right takes you back towards the parking lot.

 

When you come to the broken sign (see photo), you can take the trail to the left, which will loop back around to the Hosmer trail…giving you a bit more exercise.

 

 

 

A park ranger told me that you can also hike the 2.5-mile supply trail, which starts at the first parking lot you come to, and it will connect you to the Halemauu Trail, which leads all the way up the side of the crater to the Halemauu Trail parking lot–now that would be a hike. (Next time!)

Another option:  Up Halemauu Trail towards the Switchback Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosmer Grove campsite and trail head. 

By the way, the sunset was fabulous!

Maui Revealed says Hosmer Grove is a great place to see Moonbows, when the moon is full and there is a light mist in the air.  They are an amazing sight; we’ll definitely bundle up one evening and head back in hopes of seeing one.

 

If you are not into hiking, but enjoy nature and are sure footed (like I said, the trail can be precarious), you’ll enjoy the short hike at Hosmer Grove.

For more info on Hosmer Grove and the other crater hikes go to –

http://www.haleakala.national-park.com/hike.htm

http://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm

Read more: http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/hosmer-grove-outdoor-pp2-guide-cid402397.html#ixzz1kLDjkIJK

I love the past paragraph on the above posted site, it is a good reminder that we must care for these islands…for this planet – We humans brought this struggle to Hawaii’s native life; we bear the responsibility for preserving the unique ecosystems remaining within our National Parks. With deforestation of the world’s rainforests continuing at one acre per minute, we hold a vital piece of earth’s natural heritage.

Aloha, see you next Thursday!

Day 6 of Writer Take Five ~ Kula, Thompson Road

Here we are, day six of week six, still working at learning how to have fun :).

View of Kihei from Thompson Road. You can see the island of Lana'i in the distance.

View of Kihei from Thompson Road. You can see the island of Lana’i in the distance

We were feeling quieter and more contemplative this week (with a desire to have our heads in the clouds), so Steven and I opted to walk Thompson Road. Rolling along the leeward slopes of Haleakala at an elevation of approximate 3,000 feet, the 3 2/3 mile round trip walk has a long steep hill at the end that rewards you with magnificent views of the island. Well, actually the entire walk has magnificent views of Kihei, Ma’alaea, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe and Molokini.

As for the video, well it’s obvious that even novice video blogging workaholics have outtakes. (Steven insisted that I include them.) And I do want to correct myself; I stated on the video that we were going to hike Thompson Road. But it’s not actually a hike. It’s more of a peaceful trek along a narrow, paved road that starts diagonally across from Grandma’s Coffee House. If you end up at the Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch, you blinked and missed the Coffee House and Thompson Road.

For those of you that have never been to Maui, driving up to Kula makes you realize what a diverse microcosm of climate and landscapes this island has; from Kihei, which is dry and dusty, and the town is steadily sprawling out along the clear blue coastal water; to the tropical rain showers and lush foliage in Haiku; to Kula, where you could swear you were in the mountains somewhere on the mainland, but the eye-popping views remind you that you’re on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The top of Haleakala is still another 7,000 feet up; I’m planning a full moon hike through the crater sometime during my year of learning how to have fun.

KulaThompRdI have to admit that trekking along Thompson Road made me rethink why I like living in Haiku. (Though even with mosquitoes, centipedes and flying cockroaches I’m not ready to move.)

Hope you have a great day!

 

When you get a chance to take five, here’s something to hum.
A few of the verses from the Beatles song, All You Need Is Love, by Lennon/McCartney

Love, love, love.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy.
All you need is love, love.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,