Our sunrise trip at the Haleakala summit…
With so many stunning aspects of the Hawaiian island, I was shocked that one of my favorite part of our Hawaii trip was our morning at this crater! To catch this sunrise, we woke up around 3:45 am, drove an hour and a half to the National Park and then continued up 10,000 feet to the summit of Mount Haleakala. We got there around 5:15 am snapped our first picture below right around 6 am:
As you can see, I’m about as bundled up as possible with the limited clothes I brought for tropical weather. I had to grab our bed comforter for warmth because it drops about 3 degrees every 1,000 feet you climb!
Most guide books and reviews suggest wearing full winter attire: ski jacket, beanie, gloves, etc. which I would agree! Since I definitely did not bring my down jacket to Hawaii, I borrowed a hoodie and blanket and was fairly warm enough!
While we brought our heavy duty DSLR camera to capture the light, I also took several videos of the sun rising up through the clouds.
I’d highly suggest arriving early to get a good “seat”; the sun rose at about 6:50 am and we arrived an hour early. As you can see this is a popular site and can get very crowded!
“Haleakala” translates from ancient Hawaiin to “House of the Sun” which could not be more fitting. While we’ve all seen stunning sunrises, this is so special because you’re above the clouds watching the sun poke through. The light spilling over the clouds during such a tranquil hour is truly unique.
On the other side of the crater is a completely different view of the city below. There is a gorgeous blue shadow that is cast over the island as the sun rises and a beautiful gradation of colors you can see below:
In a few words, this sunrise is COMPLETELY worth the early wake up call and frozen buns!
(bundled up walking down from the summit…bed comforter was a success)