By Michael Baadke
A forever stamp picturing a rainbow across the volcanic landscape of Haleakala National Park on the Hawaiian island of Maui will be part of the 16-stamp set planned to honor the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the United States.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Haleakala National Park, which was established as part of Hawaii National Park in 1916. The park today is described by the National Park Service as an international biosphere reserve that supports native ecosystems in a maturing volcanic landscape. The park covers 30,183 acres of public land that ranges from sea level to 10,023 feet above.
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The Haleakala (or East Maui) volcano on the island is dormant.
The photograph by Kevin Ebi, which he titled Rainbow on Haleakala, was shot during a break in a dramatic storm that soaked the nature photographer and pelted him with hail.
Since April 4, the U.S. Postal Service has revealed 10 designs that will appear on stamps in the National Parks set.
The nine stamps previously revealed honor Acadia National Park, Arches National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Everglades National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Grand Canyon National Park, and Gulf Islands National Seashore.