Haleakala or East Maui Volcano is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui.
Early Hawaiians applied the name Haleakala ("house of the sun") to the summit area only, most likely due to the fact that from the west side of the island, the sun could be seen rising up over the eastern side of the mountain. In Hawaiian folklore, the depression at the summit of Haleakala was home to the grandmother of the demigod Maui. According to the legend, Maui's grandmother helped him capture the Sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day. In modern times, Haleakala has become synonymous with the entire East Maui volcano.
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