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The Paliku Rainforest, Maui, Hawaii by Randy Jay Braun

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Haleakala Volcano crater is dormant now, thank goodness. I live on the side of that mountain, 15 miles from the last eruption.

If Haleakala ever erupts again, there really is no place to run and hide, and so I suppose all of us on Maui will start swimming towards Japan.

Within the arid crater, there is 100 square miles of lava and cinder. Dry and cruchy, like Grapenut Cereal. However there is one small corner of the crater which captures the cloud moister. In fact this is a tiny rain forest ecosystem.

This place is called Paliku, “the Stand Cliff”.


mountain, forest, green, rain, hike, ferns, conservation, hawaii, ecosystem, eco, maui, haleakala


  • Ken Wright
    Ken Wrightalmost 6 years ago

    Very nice work!

  • Danielle Knight
    Danielle Knightalmost 6 years ago

    So beautiful, and Amazing. A sight i would love to see.

  • Randy Jay Braun
    Randy Jay Braunalmost 6 years ago

    …only if you sleep in a tent, Danielle….

  • safariboy
    safariboyalmost 6 years ago

    brilliant color in the foliage ….. wonderful image

  • lucin
    lucinalmost 6 years ago

    I can feel the skin bathing humidity. Wonderful delivery.

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonalmost 6 years ago

    If it comes down to swimming, try O’ahu before going all of the way to Japan. I’ve got a spare bedroom you can stay in until you regroup… Great shot!

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 6 years ago

    Yipes!! a little scary…but certainly a magnificent location. Beautiful capture.

    GOSIA GRZYBEKalmost 6 years ago


  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture and take Clark’s advice when it comes to swimming. Oahu is closer, lol!

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 6 years ago

    What a beautiful capture and magical light. An instant favorite for me.

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