Yes! I’m literally on the top of the world! Spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and yesterday physically. Me and my husband took a road trip up to the summit of Haleakala Crater which is a dormant volcano. It is the tallest peak on Maui at an elevation of 10,000 feet. I have lived here for 14 years and cannot remember the last time I went up there, but I believe it has been longer than that.
As we are driving up, the road switches back and forth as you climb to the top. Looking over the island of Maui and seeing its beauty was jaw dropping to say the least. I just kept saying to my husband, “We really get to live here”! It literally took my breath away and left me speechless at times. To see my home from that vantage point was really amazing. We were blessed with a beautiful clear day. Looking down on the valley’s floor you could see from the south shore all the way across to the north shore. The West Maui Mountains were peeking through the clouds right in the center. It was stunning!
When we got to the entrance of the park, there was an attendant giving out informational brochures and charging $10 entry fee which is well worth it. I felt like I had just stepped into another world. As we continued to climb, the views of the island were unbelievable! I couldn’t wait to reach the top to see the volcano and the Silverswords that were in bloom. The park attendant had said they were blooming in record numbers this year.
When we arrived to the summit, it was so clear that you could see Mauna Kea’s peak on the Big Island off in the distance. The view looking down into the crater was amazing! Every color from browns to reds and greens were glistening in the sun. The sky was a backdrop of an amazing turquoise blue. I felt like I was in heaven. There is something about this place that brings me to tears. I feel so close to God up here. Haleakala means House of the Sun and truly this is God’s house up here in the clouds. It was so peaceful and quiet.
We were so blessed to see the famous Silverswords in bloom. They are seen nowhere else in the world. They bloom only once in their lifetime and then they die. The park has had a record number this year, so if you come to Maui soon this is a must see. When observing them please keep a safe distance away. Their roots are shallow and if you step on them, they plant will die. Stay on the trails and obey the signs for your safety and the vegetation’s. In this photo below I was standing on the trail.
This visit was life changing for me in so many ways. I was able to see my home from the heavens and look down on all that I have been blessed with. I’m so happy I took the time to go and see this. Sometimes I think God wants to take us to the highest vantage point of our lives and show us all of our blessings from His perspective. This is His view of my world and He shared it with me in this trip. I feel so honored and blessed to live here.
I will never forget this special day. I am really going to hold onto this feeling of being on top of the world inside of my heart. I’m going to make sure never to take my life and blessings for granted. Make sure you to take time and stop to look around. There is so much beauty in all that God has made.
It has been a joy and privilege to share this experience with you. Stay on top of the world spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and if you can once in a while physically. It is so good for your soul!
Wake up every single day of your life and say, “I’m on top of the world”!
Shine on and Live Pono,