Evening Primrose on Mount Haleakala
An Evening Primrose (Oenothera stricta) blooms near the summit of Mount Haleakalā volcano on Maui, Hawaii. Also called the East Maui Volcano, it is a massive 3,055 m (10,023 ft) high shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui and last erupted in the 17th century.
Haleakalā means “House of the Sun" and its tallest point is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). The crater depression is over 11.2 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep.
In Hawaiian folklore, the Haleakalā crater was home to the grandmother of the demigod Māui. According to the legend, Māui's grandmother helped him capture the sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day.