Haleakala, meaning “house of the sun,” is one of the wonders of the world. This dormant volcano, 10,023 feet above sea level, is an absolute must if you have never been. Everything about the Haleakala experience is spectacular whether it’s the drive up to the summit, watching the sunrise or sunset, or hiking one of the many trails the park has to offer.
Haleakala is famous for its sunrises. Due to environmental concerns and overcrowding, visitors now need to book a reservation online at recreation.gov. The cost is only $1.50 and can be booked up to 60 days in advance. This fee guarantees a parking space. At the time of entry, a $20.00 card only entrance fee is also required. Bring a photo ID and the receipt for the day’s entrance.
Reservations are required between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. After reaching the checkpoint where you enter the park, it’ll take some time to get to the top of the summit. Thanks to the beautiful scenery and high elevation, you’ll enjoy every second. It may surprise visitors that sunrises at Haleakala are always cold! The weather at Haleakala can be windy too so do your best to book a clear day, bring a heavy jacket, gloves, a beanie and a few blankets.
Those without a reservation are welcome to enter after 7 a.m. when the sun has made its way into the sky. This is the perfect time to go hiking. On your way down from the summit,it’s magical to look out the window and see the clouds far below.
If you’d like to avoid waking up at 3 am or were unable to book a reservation, then the sunset and stargazing is perfect for you! Hawaii’s isolation in the middle of the Pacific makes the night sky superbly clear. Indeed, astronomers like to gather at the Haleakala Observatory, one of the most important viewing posts in the world.
Book with Kahana Village today and experience the magic of Haleakala!