If you are on a lush tropical island and want to see something entirely different... this is it. Just a short drive south of Wailea, you come across what looks like a mass of black wasteland. It is part of a large area of lava that flowed from the last eruption of Mount Haleakala about 300 years ago. Quite an eerie sight, with vegetation right up to it and also spotted here and there where the lava didn't completely cover some of the area.
It is easy enough to get to, even though the last mile or so of the road is quite rough because it appears to be made of a coarse asphalt using the crushed lava as the aggregate.
Definitely worth the drive to see this absolute contrast to tropical lushness.
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