Journey to Kaupo

Today Stephanie Farago and I circumnavigated Maui’s Haleakala Volcano, and visited friends who live in remote Kaupo.


We passed through Kanaio, a high elevation desert community overlooking the Alenuihaha Channel and this single cinder cone (that’s “pu’u” in Hawaiian).


We passed the Kaupo Gap, which is the lower reaches of a huge amphitheatre-headed valley that forms the eastern half of Haleakala’s crater. The original caldera of Haleakala has long since eroded away, but the two huge valleys created by wind and rain erosion (the other, on the wet windward side of the island, is called the Ko’olau Gap) were united into a single caldera-like crater by later volcanic eruptions that destroyed the wall between the two valleys, and created a wonderland of magestic cinder cones, lava tubes, caves, and other multi-colored volcanic structures.


We visited friends who have created a sustainable farm, complete with alternative power (solar, wind and hydroelectric), a spring and a well, orchards, gardens, chickens, ducks, a goat, a horse, cats, handbuilt houses of local rock, cement and recycled lumber, a solar oven, a solar dehydrator, and, yes, a computer that connects to the Internet.


Rarely driving to town for supplies, they grow most of their food and cook everything “from scratch.” No microwave oven here.


Stephanie beside the waterfall pool at Alelele Stream. I went skinnydipping here, and feel like a new woman for it, but I’m not posting photos of that.