On our second day in Maui, we still had our rental car, so we took off up a very windy, steep road to the top of Haleakala.
You could fit Manhattan inside the crater of this dormant volcano. I put 3 pictures together to get the whole thing.
We were high above the clouds.
But we could still see our ship down in the harbor. (A little to the right of center)
Of course, I had to climb to the very top. Whew! Haleakala is 29703' high from the base of the mountain - higher than Mt Everest! What???? Well, here's the reason - 2/3 of it is below sea level...
Silverswords are rare plants that grow on the mountain, and nowhere else in the world.
They really do look silver in the sunlight.
After we came down the mountain, we took a short trip into the Iao Valley to see the Iao Needle.
There was a beautiful garden at the end of the road.
Then on our way back to the ship, we stopped at Savers, our favorite thrift store. Wandrin' Lloyd, you really need to come here!
We got back on board in time to go to the class on making a kukui nut necklace. A few guys even showed up. (Phil is pretty brave!)
After the ship sailed, we headed down to my birthday dinner, at one of the specialty restaurants, Little Italy. Nice necklaces, huh?
And of course, there was lots of entertainment on board. Willy K. lives on Maui and can sing anything from Opera to Rock, Hawaiian to Blues, and more. And he's funny! He started out on the ukulele and then went on to the guitar. But this song was incredible - Orange Blossom Special like you've never heard it before!