|Lahaina, Maui, HI As we started our adventures for the day we drove along the coast, so we often saw signs of whales – huge splashes of water or water spraying high in the sky. The whales have arrived in great numbers and are easy to see from shore. We deserted the whales for Komoda Bakery in Makawao. A local tradition since 1916, this bakery sells out regularly. They are known for their cream puffs, pies, donuts on a stick, butter rolls & other pastries. Much of their selection was gone by the time we got there so we settled for donuts on a stick which became our lunch. Yum. We drove the road to the top of Mt Haleakala – a narrow, winding, shoulderless road with no guardrails, sheer drop-offs, 15 mph 180-degree turns through desert terrain that soon took us above the clouds. Stretching across Maui’s southern and eastern coastline, Haleakala National Park is home to Maui's highest peak. Rising 10,023’ above sea level, Haleakala's slopes can be seen from just about any point on the island. Haleakala means "house of the sun". From the top we were able to see back to West Maui in one direction and across the ocean to the Big Island in the other. Visitors to Maui are urged to get up at 3 am to drive the challenging road up to the crater in the pitch black of night and stand at the rail, shivering in frigid temperatures and a howling wind, waiting for the sun to rise over the rim. It is considered by many to be a spiritual experience. Being good little tourists, we did exactly that when we visited 23 years ago. Since we have it on good authority that the spiritual benefit lasts 25 years, we did not renew our experience but instead went up in daylight when the wind had died down and the temperatures were more reasonable. We did not feel the slightest bit of regret for our daytime versus pre-dawn decision.