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The demi-god Maui lived on the Big Island with his mother, Hina. Hina made cloth from trees (kapa), but they would still be wet after the sun set. So Maui ascended the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakalā and waited for the sun god (La) to rise from the crater. When he awoke, Maui lassoed the god with woven coconut fiber. He asked for more hours of sunlight in exchange for La's release. They struck a deal with 6 months of more light and 6 months at La's preferred schedule. This gave the volcano its name, Haleakalā, or ”house of the sun“.

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