Haleakalā National Park

National Park and Volcano
  • Kaitlyn M.
    "If you do the sunrise make sure to bring blankets!"(32 Tips)
    Adam S.
    "The volcano summit is the best spot to watch the sun rise."(9 Tips)
    Robby M.
    "land above the clouds"(8 Tips)
    Danielle G.
    "warm jacket and hood!!!"(5 Tips)
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  • Marvin
    MarvinOctober 17
    Bring warm clothing. No matter what time of year it is – you'll need it if you are going to camp up here to see the sunrise. It's worth it.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱July 17
    Bamboo Garden along the Pipiwai trail♥️
  • Annie T.
    Annie TangMarch 18
    Reserve a parking spot for sunrise early, and bring lots of blankets, layers and a thermos of something warm
  • naveen
    naveenJanuary 9
    whatever time you're thinking of starting off in the morning, start an hour earlier than that. you'll need it as the lot fills up fast. stay ~30 mins after sunrise, and explore once the area is empty
  • Samuel M.
    Starting in February 2017 you need a permit/reservation to visit the peak for sunrise.
  • Samuel M.
    Consider one of the sunrise bike tours! They drive you to the top and then you ride a bike all the way down: no pedaling!
  • Drew M.
    Drew MichelDecember 16, 2016
    Sunrise, stars and bike ride down.
  • Caroline
    CarolineDecember 8, 2016
    Indescribably beautiful. Sunrise above the clouds - I have never seen anything more beautiful. You should always take thick clothes, it is very cold. An absolute must on your Maui bucket list!
  • Brenda S.
    Brenda SilvermanJuly 29, 2016
    Sunrise is amazing at the top
  • Kaitlyn M.
    Kaitlyn MatyuchJuly 8, 2016
    Great view and a pretty drive. If you do the sunrise make sure to bring blankets! It is so cold!!!!
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Incredible view, if the weather is nice make sure to watch the sunrise 😊
  • Manuel H.
    Manuel HeckNovember 23, 2015
    Visit the summit.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GNovember 8, 2015
    Watch the sunrise but brings a warm jacket!
  • Don S.
    Don StinnettAugust 28, 2015
    Don't miss the breathtaking sunset either! Get your snacks at the Kula General Store just before you turn onto the mountain road.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeAugust 7, 2015
    Great park
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaJuly 28, 2015
    It's about a 2.5 hour trip from Wailea. Make sure you have a good playlist to keep you awake and alert driving up the crater!
  • daniela
    danielaJuly 3, 2015
    Amazing views that you can't get anywhere else, that's all there is to it. Though the drive up is a bit nerve wracking.
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JoyceApril 21, 2015
    Do the bike down! Great scenery!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰February 11, 2015
    Watch the sunrise! The stars are amazing 10,000 ft up
  • Chris W.
    Chris WoodJanuary 31, 2015
    The hike down was amazing I loved the view
  • Albert L.
    Albert LDecember 29, 2014
    Fantastic view, but you have to be there at least 1-2 hours before sunrise to get parking spot on the summit. Also really really cold. Drive to observatory (closed to public) to get more great photos.
  • Steve H.
    Steve HillDecember 14, 2014
    Take some aspirin when you're done coming down. The elevation change (+/-10,000") can give you a bad headache.
  • April G.
    April GregoryDecember 8, 2014
    A must do. Incredible.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisDecember 4, 2014
    Don't just see the sunrise and leave. Explore the crater. Enjoy the awesomeness of nature.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 10, 2014
    The volcano summit is the best spot to watch the sun rise. Check the cloud report, a few clouds make for a picturesque sun rise but too many and visibility is severely impacted. Also, get there early
  • Robby M.
    Robby MarshallAugust 30, 2014
    What's better: a sunset over the Hawaii ocean or over the Hawaii clouds? Here, decide for yourself. Start driving up an hour before sunset, land above the clouds, and watch the sun round the earth.
  • Leslie W.
    Leslie WongAugust 26, 2014
    Drive up there early to catch the sunrise. Get there at least an hour before the estimated sunrise time as the park lot fills fast
  • Francesca F.
    Francesca FedrizziAugust 23, 2014
    Get on The top before sunset, then leave the crowd behind and go to some place on The trail to enjoy a private view with a beer!
  • Kimberly T.
    Kimberly TerrellJuly 22, 2014
    Be sure to dress for cool weather, bring a pair of gloves and a scarf!
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJuly 8, 2014
    Haleakalā is why pants that zip into shorts exist.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DecanoJune 12, 2014
    Its cold, so bring some warm clothing as back up.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CannettiMay 28, 2014
    Dress warm if you are going to see the sunrise and don't wear sandals
  • Air to Hawaii
    Air to HawaiiMay 27, 2014
    Get an amazing view of the Hawaiian sunrise from the summit of Haleakala. Read more
  • Bret H.
    Bret HerrickMay 20, 2014
    Watching the sunrise is beautiful and worth the drive up the winding road. Get there early to ensure you get a parking spot. Make sure you wear a jacket and maybe a hat, it's freezing up there!
  • Simmi K.
    Simmi KaurMay 18, 2014
    Visit the overlook points after sunrise at the top of the crater.
  • Kayla V.
    Kayla V.April 29, 2014
    Hangovers and these roads do not mix.
  • Rhi M.
    Rhi MApril 18, 2014
    Sunset & star gazing here Is gorgeous!! Even cloudy days. Go all the way to the top to the summit. The drive isn't for the feint of heart but worth it! The altitude can mess with you, drink lots water
  • Juliann R.
    Juliann RJanuary 20, 2014
    Where long pants. It is cold even if the sun is shining high in the sky.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah S. G.December 15, 2013
    Once you get there head to the backside of the visitors center and get protection from the harsh freezing wind! You can climb up on the wall of the visitors center for a better view too
  • Lynn J.
    Lynn JNovember 23, 2013
    Worth the drive up! Even if there are clouds you drive through some when you go above the cloud line. Definitely bring a hoodie and/or blankets!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonNovember 22, 2013
    Not an early bird? No problem. Haleakalā is known for sunrises but if you haven’t seen a sunset from this vantage point, you are missing out!
  • Jody D.
    Jody DerrickNovember 4, 2013
    Absolutely gorgeous! Sunrise and bike trip down with Ronnie and Travis with Bike It Maui was a wonderful experience!
  • Petros S.
    Petros SpanosOctober 29, 2013
    it's very very cold if you come here before sunrise
  • Petros S.
    Petros SpanosOctober 24, 2013
    If you're going for sunrise, be there by 5:30.. and dress very warm!! its freezing up there
  • Colin C.
    Colin ChanOctober 4, 2013
    Closed. US government shutdown boo poo poo
  • Monika B.
    Monika BunJuly 27, 2013
    Bring a light hoodie or jacket. It can get a little chilly, although the roads are a little crazy, definitely go up all the way to the top. It's worth it.
  • Gerry
    GerryJuly 25, 2013
    Wear hiking shoes and bring mosquito repellent.
  • Kate A.
    Kate AntonovaJuly 13, 2013
    Some trails are closed
  • Casper H.
    Casper HarringtonJune 16, 2013
    Wear layers!
  • Teri M.
    Teri MadiaMay 3, 2013
    Dress for both cool and warm weather. We've gone twice and both times The hike into the crater is cold but the hike out is warm.
  • Terrii W.
    Terrii WachalaApril 23, 2013
    Sunset is less crowded than Sunrise!
  • Masha I.
    Masha IzmMarch 18, 2013
    It is necessary to put on very warmly: very strong wind and it is cold! Instead of sunrise you can arrive for sunset - in the spring it around 6.30 pm
  • D M.
    D MoneyMarch 4, 2013
    Fill gas before going up!
  • Christine A.
    Christine AllenFebruary 28, 2013
    Don't forget your warm jacket, mittens, sunglasses and some snacks for a spectacular sunset!
  • Matt
    MattFebruary 14, 2013
    Amazing. Get there early.
  • Ben K.
    Ben KimJanuary 16, 2013
    Check the exact time of sunrise and it'll take about 2hr from Kaanapali to Summit area(Upper side of Vistor Center). The top of Haleakala is Sooooo cold!!! Make sure to bring ur warm jacket~
  • John R.
    John R.January 7, 2013
    The tips on here about wear every bit of clothing you have and bring the hotel blankets are no joke. It was 28 degrees this morning with 25+ mph winds. Well worth it but friggin cold. Get there early.
  • Peter S.
    Peter ScordoDecember 4, 2012
    A must do while in Maui. Highly recommend biking down. Looks like Mars!
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchwartzNovember 8, 2012
    Amazing experience, but bring winter clothes so u can enjoy it! in November it was around 30 degrees w massive winds (making it feel much colder). Hats, gloves, jackets, blankets - bring them all!
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsSeptember 5, 2012
    The best experience is a very early rise to get to the summit for sunrise- very cool but takes commitment. Option 2 is to go for sunset. Note- it is busier & the drive down is dark. Both are amazing
  • Reserve123.com
    Reserve123.comJuly 16, 2012
    Make your way to the top by bus, car, or helicopter. Bike down if you want a memorable experience early in the morning. Read more
  • Doug R.
    Doug RayJuly 15, 2012
    Observe the Silver Swords in one of the few places they grow
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.March 8, 2012
    It's worth the trip! Watching the sunrise from the summit is amazing. The drive up in the morning is a little scary though.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YellinFebruary 22, 2012
    Even when it starts out looking nice, one cloud can ruin it all. Take pics while you can and don't wait for sunrise. Might not be lucky enough to see it!
  • Danielle G.
    Danielle Gilbank-BraidFebruary 13, 2012
    Bring mittens and a good wind breaking warm jacket and hood!!! Gorgeous!
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BaoJanuary 7, 2012
    Bring a blanket!
  • John S.
    John SabinoOctober 11, 2011
    Get here early to watch the sunrise, a bunch of slow drivers going up like tour buses...
  • Cheearra E.
    Cheearra EsquerraSeptember 3, 2011
    ALWAYS wear layers & dress warm as it is typically between 40 and 50 degrees fahrenheit!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DragonAugust 2, 2011
    Make sure to continue all the way to the Summit.
  • Jim L.
    Jim LynchJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't like heights avoid, road to top is steep & scary.
  • Lipton Iced Tea
    Lipton Iced TeaJune 29, 2011
    Stop at the Halii Maile General Store on the way up or down for lunch.
  • Robert L.
    Robert LeeDecember 26, 2010
    Dress warm, it's cold!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SinclairNovember 30, 2010
    Go up at around 4 pm and come down at sunset!!!! Simply breathtaking!!!
  • Gerardo R.
    Gerardo RodriguezSeptember 15, 2010
    Temperatures were in the low to mid 50's. Bring a warm jacket!
  • Gerardo R.
    Gerardo RodriguezSeptember 15, 2010
    Make sure to stop on your way up at a small coffee & pastry cart. ;)
  • Leigh
    LeighJuly 11, 2010
    Get there early for a good spot, dress warm and enjoy the amazing sunrise. On your way back down stop at the koana lodge for their macadamia nut pancakes!
  • Monica V.
    Monica VApril 1, 2010
    Drive down in neutral so you don't waste as much gas
  • Monica V.
    Monica VApril 1, 2010
    If you're going for sunrise, get there at least half hour before sunrise because all the good picture taking spots get filled up.
  • Ekaterina S.
    Невероятно!!!! Отличная асфальтированная дорога до самого кратера! Берите с собой тёплую одежду,очень ветрено.
  • Elena K.
    Elena KucherenkoMay 16, 2015
    Очень и очень красиво! Нужна теплая одежда и любимый фотоаппарат :)
  • Vinicius L.
    Vinicius LimaFebruary 18, 2015
    Mágico, indescritivel
  • Fabio I.
    Fabio ItoDecember 26, 2013
    Leve muitas blusas
  • Yulia K.
    Yulia KornukovaJune 29, 2013
    Обязательно берите одежку! Над облаками холодно! :-)
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