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Mark Twain called the sunrise from Haleakala “the sublimest spectacle” he had ever witnessed. Today, watching the sunrise from Haleakala Summit remains one of Maui’s most in-demand visitor activities. At over 10,000 feet, getting to the summit before dawn requires an early morning pickup which is usually around 2 am, depending on the time of year. From the summit, you will take incredible views of Maui and neighboring islands, as well as witness Haleakala’s otherworldly landscape come to life around you as the sun peaks over the crater’s eastern wall.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
While it may be the Hawaiian Islands, it can be frigid at the summit due to the high elevation. Morning temperatures year-round are often in the 40s and can even go as low as the 30s. The summit can also be very windy, so account for wind chill as well. It is recommended to wear lots of layered warm clothes, a hat, and gloves are a must-have if you are going to be taking photos!
Haleakala National Park now requires visitors to make a reservation to enter the park before sunrise. Polynesian Adventure handles the management of reservations prior to entering the park. Breakfast at Kula Lodge is included. Your tour guide will also teach you about the rich cultural history and unique native plant and animal life of Haleakala.
Haleakala Sunrise Tour