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Kula in Maui County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail

Haleakala National Park

 
 
Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
1. Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail Marker
Inscription. The trail climbs to the top of a volcanic cinder cone for views of the Haleakala Wilderness Area and the highest peaks of the Big Island. At first glance the trail environment seems nothing but barren rock. Yet these rocks are living habitat for nesting “ua’u, ahinahina (silversword), and a dramatic mini-world of wolf spiders, flightless moths, and yellow-faced bees. Although the summit can appear hostile to people, temporary shelters, visible on the rock slopes below the trail, testify to a long human history.

‘Ua’u (Hawaiian petrels) spend most of their lives at sea, but return here to dig nesting burrows under rocky outcrops.

The ground-hunting wolf spider weaves no web but builds burrows under rocks.

0.4 mile round trip (643 m)-Steep, rock uneven, 140 feet elevation gain.

Bring a jacket - conditions can turn windy, wet and cold.

Stay on the trail. And leave everything in place: shifting rocks can destroy an animal’s home, sever the root of a young “ahinahina (silversword), or disturb a cultural site.

Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands trailhead is near the end of the parking lot.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 20° 42.828′ 
Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
2. Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail Marker
N, 156° 15.006′ W. Marker is in Kula, Hawaii, in Maui County. Marker is on Crater Road. Click for map. The marker is near the Red Hill Summit Observation and Exhibition Building. Marker is in this post office area: Kula HI 96790, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haleakala National Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ranch Wall (approx. 2.5 miles away); Wind, Wave and Wings-Oodemas maulense- (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay (approx. 3.2 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic Church (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named Haleakala National Park (approx. 11.5 miles away); Palapala Hoomau Congregational Church (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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