Sound of Silence

In our Maui Revealed book, we highly recommend the Sliding Sands trail, which descends from the summit of Haleakala into the crater. This hike may be the closest thing to walking on a lunar landscape that any of us who arenHaleakalā, or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive, active shield volcano that resides in the Hawaiian Island of Maui. ’t named Buzz will ever experience. But there is another reason the Sliding Sands trail offers an out-of-this-world experience, and it’s something that we didn’t write about in the book. The trail descends 2,400 feet over the span of almost four miles to the crater floor. (It’s not truly a volcano crater; rather, it was carved out by erosion, and then filled in over a period of years by a series of eruptions that left the floor dotted with volcano cones hundreds of feet high.)  The views from inside the crater are incredible, and the colors are amazing: everything from green, yellow, red, brown, gray and blue are represented in striated lines of lava rock. As you descend, the high crater walls provide protection from the wind. And when the breeze died down, that’s when we noticed it: nothing. Absolutely nothing. No traffic noise or the sound of airplanes flying overhead, no electrical hum from air conditioners or power lines, no insect noise in the background. There was absolutely no sound, except the occasional sound of gravel rustling under our feet when we’d shift in place. As the exterior sounds drop away, the sounds inside your own body become thunderously loud – your heartbeat, breathing, the sound of swallowing is almost deafening. It was such a surreal and unusual experience that we both sat there, listening to the sound of silence. Just another one of Maui’s unexpected surprises.

Andrew Doughty - Author
Andrew Doughty

Andrew Doughty is the famous author of the widely popular Hawaii Revealed series including Kauai Revealed, Oahu Revealed, Maui Revealed and the Big Island Revealed. He moved to Kauai many years ago after he fell in love with the beauty of the islands and decided to never go back. He is known for his candid opinion on each of Hawaii’s attractions, be it a restaurant, a helicopter ride, a beach or a resort. For the last two decades, he has managed to keep his identity anonymous so that his reviews can remain unbiased and only be influenced by his own opinions and thoughts. You can learn more about his beautiful journey at this link – About the author


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