Today we went to the west side of the island, to the older volcano that has eroded a lot more and is just spectacular. We went to iao needle, a famous formation, and the walking up the valley along the stream. Our friend says that the haleakala crater that we visited a few days ago, and the valley today are the two holiest places on the island, and you can feel the different energies. The Haleakala crater feels very airy, arid, and harsh while the valley is very lush and feels more full. The iao valley was also the site of a big battle among Hawaiians, so there is a lot of history there.
We just went to a lovely lavender farm, and I spotted a chameleon in a protea bush!! Poor mom had no idea what I was so excited about when I went on with loud whispering “ohmygosh ohmygosh ohmygosh”. He was so sweet!!