Into the Crater
Approaching the rim of the crater, it's sheer size immediately impresses. You can see why some hike in with their tents and choose to spend several days exploring the summit of Haleakala.
Despite Haleakala being a shield volcano, what you're seeing in front of you is not a single volcanic crater - known as a caldera, but instead the eroded remains of the mountain's summit which has been worn away by wind and water.
If you're looking for calderas you needn't be disappointed however, as all around you is cinder cone after cinder cone, each ringed with its own caldera. It's to one of these that we're now headed.