Hawaiian Summer Camp

Guest Post: Haleakalā Crater

Emma is still in India, but before she left, she asked her boyfriend if he would write a guest post for her. I said that I’d be happy to.

I’ve been holding down the fort while Emma has been gone, getting to spend some quality time with the cat, so I’ve had plenty free time to work on said guest post.

Sox taking a nap
He’s been sleeping a lot, and I’ve been happy to let him, but he’s perfectly happy to wake me up if he thinks I’ve been sleeping too much.

You may remember my last contribution to An Opportune Moment, where I shared my experiences flying for the first time. This time, I’m covering another aspect of Emma and my time on Maui – Haleakalā Crater. And because I had my camera out the whole time we were there, I thought I’d put together a little video for you.

Emma took a panorama picture of me filming her on Haleakalā

I’ll let the video speak for itself. Although, because I gave the video voice-over, I don’t know that it’ll actually be speaking for itself. Maybe I’m still speaking for it. Anyway. Give it a watch, and make sure to take advantage of the HD! In the video, I mention this post about hiking in Kaupō Gap, which you may want to re-read after watching. Heck, you might want to go and re-read the entire Hawai’ian saga! The adventures of Hawai’Ian and Hawai’Emma. Ha. Cause, Ian and Emma? I mean, I know she calls me E on the blog, and often in real life, but … ahem.

Okay. Now, hit play, sit back, and enjoy.

The music was created by my brother, Jameson Burnette. You can listen to more of his stuff here, if you’re so inclined.

Emma Holliday is well-traveled. After 5 years in Boston, she and her husband upended their lives to move to Berlin where she is currently writing a (funny) book about travel and grief and attempting to learn German.


  • Colleen Brynn

    You have a very easy to listen to voice. I liked it and the video.
    I remember going here with my parents when I was 8 years old (ummm 19 years ago!), and I remember all the road construction at the time. All the diesel and decreased levels of oxygen almost knocked this poor little kid out. I almost couldn’t breathe up there! Well, that’s my memory of Haleakala.

    • opportunemma

      Ian here again: Glad to hear you liked my voice! Very flattering, and glad to hear it made for an easy read. There was no construction up there, but after living for several months very close to sea level, the decreased amount of oxygen that you mention at 10,000ft was really tough. I’m not the best hiker on a good day, but once we reached the “stand on the trailside while horses go by” sign, I was thoroughly winded. It was at the trailhead. We hadn’t started hiking yet. I can’t imagine what it must be like at even higher altitudes … that was the highest I’d ever been outside a plane cabin.

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