You’ll be in awe as the sun peeks above the “house of the rising sun,” which is the English translation for Haleakalā. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a true local treasure you won’t want to miss.
I recommend beginning your drive up the 10,000 feet to the summit of the Haleakala volcano around 3 a.m., while the stars are still high in the sky. After sunrise, you'll enjoy discovering native birds in the scrubland and endemic plants and animals. The mountain is one of the only easily accessible areas of Hawai‘i where rare Hawaiian species thrive. Be sure to layer clothes because temperatures are 20 to 30 degrees colder at the summit.
Reservations are required for sunrise hours, so call us to make arrangements as soon as possible.
Vistana Community Member
"Haleakala at Sunrise" — 03/15/2018
"Haleakala at Sunrise"
It is great at that time, later in the day it gets cloudy. So many folks are excited to see the sunrise. Definitely work getting up early and driving up the side of the volcano.
"Haleakala Sunrise Beauty" — 02/13/2018
"Haleakala Sunrise Beauty"
A lovely way to start a beautiful Honeymoon or to reconnect. An early morning bus ride up to the top to watch the sun come up then a bike ride down the mountain.
"Stunning start to your day!" — 02/08/2018
"Stunning start to your day!"
QUESTION You are on vacation, do you REALLY want to get up at 4 AM to drive 2 hours to watch the sun rise? ANSWER YES, you really do! You may not need to do it more than once but it really is a breathtaking experience. The road gets curvy in the dark to leave plenty of time to drive safe and park.