|Hale Pohaku from the top of a nearby cinder |
cone, February 4th 2013
|The outside of the dorms at HP.|
|One of the original stone houses.|
The upper areas of the volcano are considered by native Hawaiians to be sacred, and at the very summit there are a range of small flowers and gifts left as offerings. The Humu'ula trail runs by the Hale Pohaku lodging, all the way to the summit via a quarry and Lake Waiau. I hiked down the trail once, in 2005, after a long night of observing and in need of fresh air, but managed to get sunburnt from the light reflected off the snow as we hiked down.