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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