We drove up to the summit of the Haleakala volcano in the Nat’l Park, at about 10,000 feet. Our guides Bodhi and Leilah drove us thru a raincloud to get up there, so at first all we could see were clouds from the summit. But then it cleared for the most stunning view – including a rainbow.
Leilah taught us a song in Hawaiian about Pele, who in Hawaiian mythology is the goddess of volcanoes (also fire, lightning and wind). We saw this rare Hawaiian plant called silverswords that is only found in the lava rock at high elevations. (Click to enlarge images; the second one is a panorama from my iPhone.)