Haleakala, known as the House of Sun is one of the natural wonders of Maui.
It was majestic as we experience the energy of the sun as we stand at
10,023 feet above sea level.
Our journey to Haleakala was unforgettable. To watch the Sunrise, we started our drive around 4;30 am (we live about 2500 feet above sea level). Sunrise time was at 6:47. It is recommended to be at the park 1-1/2 hrs before sunrise. Also, the park closes the lot when it gets full.
It took us an hour to drive up Haleakala. It was very dark and varying winding roads.
It seems we were the only one on the road but once we reached the park entrance (where you pay $10/car) there were so many cars. Ten more miles of driving the winding road we reached the observation lot. Due to the elevation, we had to rest inside the car (my mom was a bit dizzy from the drive). When we got out, it was windy and cold (the temp was in the upper 30’s) but my peeps were dressed appropriately. There were so many people already standing at “the perfect spot” to watch the Sunrise.
The photos above where taken from our drive down …
but just imagine driving this in the dark. See the CLOUDS …
Incredible to see the progression of the sun as it rises.
Watching the Sunrise above the clouds in Haleakala was a unique and memorable experience.
Seeing the clouds from below rather than from the above was incredible.
It is quite hard to convey the appropriate words …
just made us wonder if we’ve seen a glimpse of Heaven.
Grateful to witness this breathtaking experience.
Mother Nature truly can still bring tears to your eyes.
Watching the Sunrise over the ocean from the crater of Haleakala is awe-inspiring beautiful moment that we will treasure forever.
If you visit Maui, plan to see the Haleakala Sunrise.
It is a guaranteed memorable stunning experience.
… the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed and … the memory of it will remain with me always.”
by Mark Twain when he visited Haleakala in 1886.
Hope you enjoyed another edition of Sugar’s Golden Tours, HALEAKALA, Maui, HI
* Dogs were allowed to enter the park but not on the trail (in respect to the ground-nesting birds, plants and other animals). Photos of ME were taken from one of the lookout at about 9,324 feet above sea level.*
More photos of me from yesterday’s post. If you missed it, click here.
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Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs
Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew says
Oh wow, it looks like the drive was well worth it., your sunset photos are gorgeous. We also love the photos of you Sugar.
Those are the beautifulest photos ever
Thanks for sharing
We are pretty sure that you really did experience what heaven looks like! What spectacular pictures!! Absolutely stunning! Thank you ever so much for sharing! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug
24 Paws of Love says
What a beautiful moment that must have been especially after driving the windy, dark roads to get there. Kind of like life. If we keep searching we will find the light. Beautiful.
Those are breathtaking photos! I have never experienced anything like that. How beautiful.
Hailey's Lady says
That is amazing and well worth $10 and an early morning!
Truly amazing……those kind of moments last forever in our memoris
no wonder you are smiling, this is awesome looking at the photos, can’t even imagine the feeling up there.
easy rider says
Thanks for sharing this wonderful sunrise with me, Sugar ;o)
So beautiful. I love the photo of you with your eyes closed. It’s like “Wow is this real.”
Nanny McFur says
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.
Loy Cerf says
Hey Sugar, I’ve been playing catch-up today. What a beautiful place you live in. Swimming in the ocean must be so much fun–but I’m glad you take a bath afterwards. That salt’s not so good for the skin! AND I had no idea that bananas were good for pups. I’ll have to try giving my pup some. Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Saturday! Aloha!
Comedy Plus says
I would do this in a heartbeat. How lovely. You do the coolest things Sugar.
Have a woof woof day. My best to your mom. 🙂
Roxy the traveling dog says
Wow, and more wow. What a breathtaking experience.
Murphy & Stanley says
Beautiful, beautiful and more beautiful! We can feel the warmth from your photos!
Keep Calm & Bark On!
Murphy & Stanley
Pee Ess – For anyone who saw the deicer recipe, make sure you use HOT water!
Frankie Furter and Ernie says
THANK YOU for sharing this REALLY wonderful experience with us.
Diane @ To Dog With Love says
Oh wow! Beautiful photos and you look so content! Thanks for sharing!
Sugar you are the best travel guide and photographer on the internet. Wow those views are incredible. You keep this up and you’re going to have a lot of visitors headed your way!
I hope you have a woofilicious weekend Sugar! 😀
Sue @ The Golden Life says
Breathtaking only begins to describe your photos! Nature has so much beauty to share! One day I WILL get to see it for myself.
Sugar, that is one of my favorite places to see the sunrise! Beautiful pictures. I sure hope I run into you during our 3 week stay starting February 13!
Hi there, I truly loved seeing the sunrise there; I also experienced my first hot flas there-so had to take off my wind breaker and stand outside. Thanks for sharing th beauty of your world.
Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for bringing that experience to us!
caren gittleman says
Madi and Mom says
Sugar what an amazing experience!!! OMDs I wish I had been with you….looking out above the clouds must have been surreal and then the sun comes up!!!
I’m so glad you all arrived before the lot was closed.
thank you for sharing this most amazing experience. You have surely made the most of every second you have been in Hawaii!
Hugs Madi your BFFF
Absolutely stunning! A glimpse of Heaven for sure!
BZ Training says
What a gorgeous sun shot! And the picture of you with your eyes closed is jut too cute.
Those are stunning photos!
Gizmo (@GizmoGeodog) says
Sugar you have shown us some beautiful places but his one is truly exceptional…the pictures are magnificent and you must have felt very blessed to be able to visit there…Is Haleakala a volcano?
BJ Pup says
The photos are breathtaking so i can only imagine what it was like when you were there. Thank you for sharing the photos and experience.
Sugar looks like she was enjoying the fresh air and the beauty.
OH WOW, that is just breathtakingly beautiful. Amazing.
K-9 Katastrophie says
Hawk aka BrownDog says
Yes, Sugar…there are moments that make us realize the miracle called life. Thank you for sharing your wonderful moments and the birth of a new day above the clouds.
Y’all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog
That is a truly beautiful place to be Sugar! Our mommy hasn’t been there since it was free to get in!
Beyond the Dog Dish says
What an amazing sunset! We took a trip to Maui many years ago – such a special place you are so very lucky. Love the cloud photos too.
What a wonderful sight, thank you Sugar
Mom and I have never seen anything more beautiful……. Including your beautiful face Sugar !
The pictures have simply taken my breath away…I can only imagine to witness with your own eyes!