From ancient times to modern, Haleakala has been wahi pana—a storied place.
Haleakala: A History of the Maui Mountain shares rich historical accounts and vintage photographs documenting the mountain’s geology, ancient myths, silversword and nene, Depression-era building projects and the community effort that created a national park.
Visitors flock to Haleakala National Park by the thousands every year. They gather at the summit to watch the sunrise over colorful volcanic cinder cones, and they play in the ocean-side pools at Kipahulu. Beyond the popular attractions, there is much more to enjoy about Haleakala.
Discover these Haleakala Stories
- Hawaiians of old braved the chilly heights of Haleakala to study the stars.
- Herds of cattle once grazed in the crater, and goats ran wild, destroying native plants.
- Early tourists on horseback toiled up rugged slopes to spend the night in a rustic rest house.
- Boy Scouts helped save the Hawaiian goose—the nene—from extinction.
Learn about this amazing place in Haleakala: A History of the Maui Mountain, a unique collection of stories plus more than 200 images—maps, vintage photos and contemporary color pictures.
What Others Are Saying:
“I love this book. If you want to know about legends, geology, history, insects, endangered birds, endemic plants, lost hikers, romantic cowboys, hell-bent ranchers, this is it! Ms. Engledow writes beautifully about this important wao akua, ‘region of the gods’.”
—MJ Harden, author of Voices of Wisdom: Hawaiian Elders Speak
“Haleakala: A History of the Maui Mountain offers both pleasure and treasure: a joy to read and information you can rely on. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
—Gail (Bartholomew) Ainsworth, author of Maui Remembers: A Local History
“A wonderfully researched work on a majestic and mysterious place.”
“This is the story of Haleakala that only someone who has lived on Maui for decades and knows how to get the “inside stories” can write. Not only is the book a wealth of information on the formation of the “crater” and the difficulties with endangered species, but the people that have influenced this magical spot make it a compelling story. Engledow did her homework and knows how to write!”