The Quietest Place on Earth

The Quietest Place on Earth


On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of being “the quietest place on Earth.” The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical. Featured are musical artist Keola Beamer, poet W.S. Merwin, cultural specialist Clifford Nae’ole, paniolo Wilfred Souza and others.




PBS Hawaii to Air Maui­‐made Documentary about Haleakala

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Contact: Emily Bodfish
Phone: 808.973.1169


HONOLULU, HI – PBS Hawaii will air Maui-made documentary The Quietest Place on Earth by Emmy Award-winning Maui filmmaker Dr. Tom Vendetti on May 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm.


Following research by environmental sound and recording engineer Gordon Hempton, which found the crater of the Haleakala volcano on Maui Island to be the quietest place on earth, filmmaker Dr. Tom Vendetti and co-producers Robert C. Stone and Rick Chatenever filmed The Quietest Place on Earth to introduce Haleakala as Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace to a world audience.


The Quietest Place on Earth tells the story of Haleakala from the perspective of local Hawaiian cultural practitioners, artists, scientists, authors, musicians, cowboys and spiritual leaders. The film brings the “character” of Haleakala to the forefront, working to dispel misconceptions and convey a deep awareness of core beliefs in Hawaiian culture.


Cultural specialist Clifford Nae’ole and musical artist Keola Beamer introduce Haleakala’s preeminent place in Hawaiian mythology, in the day-to-day lives of Hawaiians throughout history, and how today, the crater’s silence offers an alternative to the frenzy of modern life.


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