Pu‘u ‘ula‘ula (Haleakalā Summit)

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  • Jennifer M.
    "Worth the early morning wake up call, spectacular sunrise!"(33 Tips)
    Crystal B.
    "The most amazing sunset...above the clouds."(4 Tips)
    Linda A.
    "Absolutely bring warm clothes and Dramamine."(4 Tips)
    Lance L.
    "views as well as check out Silverswords."(10 Tips)
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  • ohechoho
    ohechohoJanuary 31
    Most beautiful sunrise you will ever see. From Lahaina, the trip is about 1.5-2 hrs to the Summit. Arrive by no later than 6am in winter. Bring water and jacket/blanket, as temps can drop to 20-30°F.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BilboJanuary 30
    Get there before sunrise and see the stars
  • Paige H.
    Paige HunterDecember 29, 2016
    It's 100% worth going for the sunrise. Leave early enough to arrive at least one hour before sunrise so you can see stars. Wear warm-ish clothing because it can be cold.
    Upvoted Apr 3
  • Amber M.
    Amber MilesDecember 26, 2016
    Its cold, wear layers!
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaSeptember 22, 2016
    Its about 20 degrees cooler at the summit than at sea level. Driving up in the middle of the night is a little intimidating, but so worth it to be on top of the clouds.
  • Shannon G.
    Shannon GrantApril 2, 2016
    Had to get up at 4:30 am to see the sunrise but it was worth it!!! So gorgeous!! Make sure you wear warm clothes though, it's super cold!!!
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FowlerMarch 11, 2016
    The sunrise here is endlessly beautiful. Stay on the marked paths.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SJanuary 13, 2016
    Amazing sunrise location. Dress warm and be prepared for quite a crowd, but it's well worth it. If you can stand the cold, get your spot at least 45 minutes before sunrise.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Epic views!!! From the top you feel like you are on another planet. Biking tours look fun
  • Pamela L.
    Pamela LiouJanuary 6, 2016
    Don't do the bike ride! A car nearly hit me, and I fell, injuring my knee and staying in crutches for the rest of my stay. At the hospital they told me they see daily injuries from the bike tours.
  • Sogoly J.
    Sogoly JafariehNovember 22, 2015
    It's a true experience hard to fit into words🌄. Make sure you leave early to be there by 5:30 a.m. latest. & warm clothes highly recommended. We went in shorts & light jacket. Not comfortable 😨.
  • cYeNz
    cYeNzOctober 14, 2015
    Bring blankets and winter jackets as the wind makes it really cold at 10000 ft. Bring picnic food for a lovely sunset. Hide in the warming hut till the stars come out, best seen when there's no moon.
  • Stefan K.
    Stefan KnollerOctober 6, 2015
    - be there 45min before sunrise, parking lot is getting a full- bring warm clothes, shoes and wind breaker
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeAugust 7, 2015
    Gotta watch the sunrise - very cold but awesome
  • Super N.
    Super NovaJune 22, 2015
    Don't be put off by the early start time. You will not regret this. Hang around after sunrise and wait for everyone to leave. Do the walk into the crater. Peaceful and unique landscape.
    Upvoted Apr 15
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SJanuary 25, 2015
    Go VERY early if you want to see the stars pre sunrise. I arrived 1:15 before sunrise and the light pollution from car headlights & flashlights was annoying. U can still see stars but early is better
  • Linda A.
    Linda AldredDecember 31, 2014
    Absolutely bring warm clothes and Dramamine. The drive is a little intense but worth it. Sunset is beautiful here. Heed the warning and beware of cows crossing the road after dark.
  • Akshay J.
    Akshay JawharkarDecember 28, 2014
    Go to watch the sunrise. Get here way before dawn, parking fills up fast and might be hard to get a good glimpse of the sunrise over the clouds.
  • Haesung K.
    Haesung KimOctober 27, 2014
    Bring layers and be prepared for the cold. Must visit place. you can also hike/horse ride around the trail
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 23, 2014
    Beautiful place to walk around and take in views as well as check out Silverswords. Worth a trip any time of day
  • Olof M.
    Olof MoriyaSeptember 21, 2014
    The sun set and star gazing was awesome. A bit on the cold side when the sun sets.
  • Yameng
    YamengSeptember 18, 2014
    Epic sunrise
  • Joey P.
    Joey ParkAugust 11, 2014
    Good for my life
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJuly 8, 2014
    It's totally worth arriving before sunrise and spending a whole day here hiking.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphyJanuary 9, 2014
    Also try to leave quick so u dont get stuck behind the bikers and nondrivers
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphyJanuary 9, 2014
    Sunrise is amazing...little chilly so dress warm or just hang inside the vistors center till the lady inside tells you when the sun is coming up then head outside....
  • S N.
    S NayJanuary 4, 2014
    Bring a really warm jacket that blocks the wind, it gets really cold!!
  • Kelly J.
    Kelly JrDecember 28, 2013
    Canon's camera is indispensable item.Bring this to take a picture of the star.And then Mr.jun ,"yodobashi-jun Big camera-jun",teaches you how to take the beautiful stars.Thanks,jun.See you next time.
  • Ray Y.
    Ray YDecember 24, 2013
    Can't see anything when it's raining, so pick a day that's not cloudy. And dress warm!
  • Kara S.
    Kara SmithDecember 17, 2013
    Seriously cold. Like unbearably freezing with wind chills. It's pretty but you really need to wear as many layers as possible, and don't forget your feet. Toes get extra cold, layer on those socks!
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole G.December 13, 2013
    I suggest some motion sickness medicine before taking this drive. But the view from the top is like nothing else. Magnificent!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmithOctober 26, 2013
    Dress warm and definitely bring your best camera. Also worth using a tour guide that lets you bike ride down the mountain afterwards.
  • Brad D.
    Brad DOctober 26, 2013
    Bring jackets. Was 91 (feel like 96) in Wailea, was 55 on top of hill. Brr
  • Max C.
    Max ChasséSeptember 28, 2013
    Great if clear weather. I recommend no flip flops and a warm shirt.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareAugust 3, 2013
    A film crew spent 3 days filming the surrounding sky from the summit of Haleakalā to project onto a 270° curved screen as the backdrop of the skytower in Oblivion (2013)
  • Lance M.
    Lance MilliganJuly 20, 2013
    Everybody does sunrise but sunset is cool too.
  • Buncy R.
    Buncy RJune 9, 2013
    Worth the trip up. Bring a jacket as it can be cold depending on the time day. Spectacular view. Words can not describe the site and view
  • Makamae K.
    Makamae KahawaiJune 1, 2013
    If you're headed up there for sunrise, make sure you get there EARLY so you can grab a parking spot
  • Rian B.
    Rian BoutilierApril 12, 2013
    Go early to avoid the vog...it's worth it.
  • triplib.
    triplib.April 8, 2013
    Get up at 3:30 early in the morning - just in time for sunrise at 6:08 at the crater of Haleakala at 10,000 feet! But the view is worth the exertion! :-) Read more
  • Anna S.
    Anna SchirokJanuary 13, 2013
    Super Aussicht!!! Vorsicht, warm anziehen!!!
  • Christopher E.
    Christopher ElliottNovember 4, 2012
    It doesn't look like a long hike, but with the altitude, it can be a slog. Take your time.
  • Domenico D.
    Domenico Di BelloOctober 7, 2012
    Dress really warm its freezing
  • Crystal B.
    Crystal BlueSeptember 13, 2012
    The most amazing sunset...above the clouds. Breathtaking view from the summit. Unforgettable!
  • Preethi K.
    Preethi KannathSeptember 9, 2012
    The windy and dark drive was totally worth it. Splendid sunrise! Please do wear a heavy jacket and a cap. There is a 40F difference in temp from the shore to the summit!
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MooreSeptember 2, 2012
    Wear lots of clothes. It's freezing up there.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SchuetteAugust 13, 2012
    Paia to summit - 36 miles and 10K elevation gain
  • Jody R.
    Jody RealeAugust 3, 2012
    The sunset from Haleakala is good too--and you don't have to worry about leaving well before dawn to get there in time! (and no bikers.)
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Giles D.
    Giles DouglasJune 14, 2012
    Bike up here from Paia - its the longest paved climb on earth. And it rarely gets steep. Stop for water at the sunrise market and just past the ranger station. Downhill is quite safe too.
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BridgesJune 9, 2012
    Drive yourself you get a better view
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan ThompsonJune 3, 2012
    Has the most amazing sunrise ever!! Just make sure you wear layers and heavy clothing since it is cold.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WaldenMay 15, 2012
    The tallest peak of Haleakalā — at 3055 м (10023 ft) — Pu‘u‘ula‘ula looks down into a crater 11.25 × 3.2 kм (7 × 2 miles) and nearly 800 м (2600 ft) deep. The name means “Red Hill” in Hawaiian.
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderMay 6, 2012
    Bicycle up here if you're hardcore, drive up here if you are not. The dawn drive is over-rated. Come in the afternoon and it is just as cool.
  • K T.
    K TApril 5, 2012
    Come here for the sunrise... Be sure to be here 30 minutes prior
  • Omid A.
    Omid AshtariMarch 24, 2012
    Really one of those unique places on earth. The terrain could be straight out of a sci-fi movie. If you can go either for sun set or sun rise as it's quite an amazing sight.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.March 8, 2012
    You're above the clouds!
  • Kristin J.
    Kristin JohnsonFebruary 21, 2012
    If you don't have a jacket, bring a blanket. It gets cold up there.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MarieJanuary 16, 2012
    Definitely check the weather before you go. If it is too cloudy or rainy, you can't see anything :(
  • Jodi S.
    Jodi SperberJanuary 3, 2012
    Trying to take a picture of the sunrise or the stars? Turn off your flash.
  • Christine Z.
    Christine Z.December 12, 2011
    Of its too foggy to see the sunrise, take a picture in front of one of the signs on a tour bus. Looks just like it.
  • Tina W.
    Tina Weidner RollNovember 24, 2011
    Beautiful but chilly. Flashlights are good too!
  • Jerome F.
    Jerome FriedNovember 18, 2011
    AVOID the tour busses and those found on them! Don't be afraid to push to get a decent pic @ sunrise. You might have to...
  • Cristen B.
    Cristen BlakeOctober 30, 2011
    Wear lots n lots of clothes it freezing up here but sunrise is so amazing
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer McKinneyOctober 6, 2011
    Worth the early morning wake up call, spectacular sunrise!
  • Lola S.
    Lola SSeptember 6, 2011
    Scenic! Bring a sweater as it is cool at the summit.
  • 1000 Places
    1000 PlacesJuly 21, 2011
    10,023-foot Haleakala's dormant volcanic crater, 2,600 feet deep and 21 miles around is so big that the island of Manhattan could fit inside.(pg. 951)
  • Mark
    MarkJuly 18, 2011
    Get here at least 1 hr before sunrise. Summit parking lot is small and fills up. Lower visitor center parking affords decent views.
  • Lipton Iced Tea
    Lipton Iced TeaJune 29, 2011
    Stop at the Halii Maile General Store on the way up or down for lunch.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJune 18, 2011
    Watching sunrise from the peak of 10,000-foot Mt Haleakala is worth the bleary-eyed early start. But don't forget to wrap up warm. And stay a while. The kaleidoscopic dawn colours are sublime.
  • Denis K.
    Denis K.January 3, 2011
    Cooooooooooold!
  • Yaminie P.
    Yaminie PatodiaDecember 26, 2010
    Wear all the clothes that you have got!! Skip the summit if it's too cloudy.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GNovember 11, 2010
    The "sublimest spectacle"!
  • jenni k.
    jenni konradOctober 19, 2010
    make sure to stop into the visitor center near the summit and get your certificate saying you've been to the top! $1 donation suggested.
  • angel m.
    angel melsJune 9, 2010
    Been here twice. Be there before 5.30 to catch the glorious sunrise. Very cold weather & windy, prepare very thick jacket, pants & hat + sunglass! Hotel blanket will be useful :)
  • Patrick A.
    Patrick AkiraNovember 22, 2013
    Magnifique même avec des nuages !
  • ACHTUNG FUSSBALL™
    ACHTUNG FUSSBALL™November 15, 2012
    So ähnlich sieht ein Logenplatz bei einem Hartplatzspiel auf dem Mars aus.
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