Watching the sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā is a must when visiting Maui, HI. Standing 10,023 ft (3,055 m) tall, it is the largest volcano on the island of Maui. This massive crater is encompassed by Haleakalā National Park, which is where I was able to watch the sunrise on Christmas Eve morning with my family. The visitor’s center stands just below the summit and provides plenty of space around it for viewing purposes. Because we wanted plenty of time to see the sunrise in its entirety, we left our rental house in Kula at about 5:00 a.m. and arrived at the crater around 6:00 a.m.
WARNING: At 6:00 a.m. it is very cold! Especially considering I’ve grown up in Florida. Before sunrise it was in the low 30’s and when the sun finally came up it was in the high 40’s. We also didn’t account for the wind chill. I suggest you wear many layers and bring lots of blankets to keep warm. Scarves, gloves and hats are always great too; they saved me.
And now, to the pictures…
I hope you enjoyed these pictures and maybe they will persuade you to venture down to this magnificent island to see it for yourself.