Sunrise at Haleakala is a legendary Hawaii experience. The park is a wonder of diversity with more ecological zones than between Canada to Mexico, plus there are more listed endangered species at Haleakala National Park than any National Park in the U.S. Experiencing it all at sunrise is often considered the most special time of all to be at the park, which is also popular at sunset. To see the sunrise in its full splendor, you will climb to the summit of Haleakala, which is 10,000 feet above sea level. Plan to arrive about an hour earlier than actual sunrise. From Kahului to the summit, the drive will take about 1 1/2 hours. Parking lots at Haleakala National Park will close when they become full, which can happen during the popular visiting time before sunrise.
Haleakala Sunrise Hours & Seasons
Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours a day every day of the week, every day of the year and only closes during severe weather. Sunrise times at Haleakala vary depending on the month of year. In mid-January, sunrise reaches its latest time at about 6:58am. At the height of summer, expect a 5:38am sunrise. It gradually ebbs and flows the rest of the year getting later in winter and earlier in summer. No matter the time of year, expect to wake up early and try to arrive at least an hour before the actual sunrise. Check sunrise times to help plan your trip to Haleakala National Park at www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/sunrise-and-sunset.htm.
Haleakala Sunrise & Sunset Tips
There's a lot to know before you go about seeing the sunrise or sunset at Haleakala, and there are options for a self-guided excursion or to go as part of a tour. Driving yourself to the summit of Haleakala is a steep climb with plenty of tight turns. It will be pitch black if you are driving to see the sunrise. Pack wisely for hot and cold temperatures, have a full tank of gas and plenty of food and water, and check weather reports before you go as temperatures are often extremely cold. You can call the National Weather Service's Haleakala summit forecast at (866) 944-5025 to check. Some of the areas of the park can be considered especially remote, and there are no services or store within a 30-minute drive of Haleakala National Park. To learn more about important tips for seeing the sunrise at Haleakala, visit www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/things2know.htm.