Haleakala Sunrise, Maui

Driving to the top of the 10,023 feet (3055 metre) high Haleakala volcano to witness the sunrise is one of the things they say you must do when visiting the Hawaiian island of Maui. I don’t know who they are, but in this instance, they’re right!

I previously posted a couple of Rich’s pictures in response to a photo challenge on the very day we went up Haleakala, back on December 6th last year (Grand Symbols Over Maui). But I’ve always felt I didn’t really do the experience full justice. Hopefully, this post will fix that.

We were up at 2 am and on the road by 3. With Sue and Lori fast asleep, I kept Rich company as we wound our way up the sinuous road to the volcano’s summit. A spread-out string of red tail lights snaked up the mountain in front of us, with a similar string of white headlights following on behind.

I woke Phyllis up for this photo opportunity

I woke Phyllis up for this photo opportunity

As it turned out, we overestimated how long the journey to the top would take. It was still full night when we arrived at the summit, about an hour before the Sun was due to show its face. But better that than being late. And anyway, it gave Rich and I lots of time to stumble around in the dark, experimenting with photographing the stars, while the others continued to catch up on their beauty sleep.

Burning the sugar cane fields in Maui's Central Valley

Burning the sugar cane fields in Maui’s Central Valley

Dawn's still a while off

Orion over Maui – dawn’s still a while off

By the time dawn approached, a small crowd had gathered at summit. The experience of watching the Sun rise above the Big Island of Hawai’i, across Haleakala’s crater, was wondrous. But I think Rich’s photos tell the story better than I could ever express in words…

The first light of day swells to the east

The first light of day swells to the east

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Haleakala observatory

Haleakala observatory

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Not long now

Not long now

Here comes the Sun

Here comes the Sun

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It might be Hawaii, but dawn at 10,000 feet is still bloomin' chilly!

It might be Hawaii, but dawn at 10,000 feet is still bloomin’ chilly!

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Another item crossed off the bucket list: Watch the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala... check!

Another item crossed off the bucket list: Watch the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala… check!

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Haleakala's enormous shadow delays the dawn in the West Maui Mountains and Central Valley

Haleakala’s enormous shadow delays the dawn in the West Maui Mountains and Central Valley

The Sun's barely up, but the crowd at the summit is already thinning

The Sun’s barely up, but the crowd at the summit is already thinning

Early morning over Haleakala's crater

Early morning over Haleakala’s crater

Dawn finally reaches the Central Valley (at least the western part of it!)

Dawn finally reaches the Central Valley (at least the western part of it!)

Another beautiful morning on the roof of Maui, with the Big Island's Mauna Kea in the distance

Another beautiful morning on the roof of Maui, with the Big Island’s Mauna Kea in the distance

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6 Responses to Haleakala Sunrise, Maui

  1. noe says:

    Whew! Great shot. The last are wonderful, shining.
    I always love the sunrise, and yours are beautiful, golden sunrise and the sea of clouds are perfect combination. I’m dreamin to sunrise lile this from some summit in Indonesia, but it haven’t done yet 😉

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  3. mauitours says:

    We love going up to the summit at any time. Day or night. The stars… incredible too!

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