The House of Sun: Haleakala Now Hawaii National Park
Posted: August 1, 2018 Filed under: Day in History, Teasers
Today in history — August 1, 1916 — the National Park Service established the Hawaii National Park: Haleakala National Park on Maui and Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes on the Big Island as the Hawaii National Park.
The Hawaiians visited Haleakala mountain, a dormant volcano, as a sacred place. In Hawaiian folklore, demigod Maui’s grandmother lived in Haleakala’s summit. She helped Maui to slow down the sun to lengthen the day.
Calling it the “House of the Sun,” the Native Hawaiians mined Haleakala rocks for tools.
Read more about Haleakala.