Maui

SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Description

In Hawaiian, Haleakala means house of the sun -- that’s why it’s one of the best places on the island to watch the sunrise. We’ll guide you to the summit with legends and history of this sacred spot, just in time for sunrise.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Watch the sunrise atop Mt. Haleakala
•⁠ Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails
•⁠ Visit a lavender or dairy farm
•⁠ Walk through historic Makawao Town

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 4:00 a.m. (check sunrise times in advance)
Tour Starting Point(s): Kahului
Direction: Loop, Loop, ending where you began
Please Note: You’ll need a reservation to enter the park for sunrise, use the link below to make a reservation: www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/253731

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Half-Day Tour (4-6 Hours) 68 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Pukalani Town

  • Drive up Mount Haleakala

  • Red Hill Summit

  • Pa Ka'oao Trail

  • Sliding Sands Trail

  • Kalahaku Overlook

  • Leleiwi Overlook

  • Halemau'u Crater Hike

  • Hosmer Grove - Nature Trail

  • Haleakala National Park Entrance Sign

  • Final Viewpoint

  • Upcountry Farms

  • Makawao Town

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SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour begins in Kahului and guides you through the park until you reach the summit. From there you’ll watch the sunrise before continuing the tour with hikes and viewpoints on your way down the mountain. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Pukalani Town

  • Upper Visitor’s Center

  • Sliding Sands Trails

  • Kalahaku Overlook

  • Leleiwi Overlook

  • Halemau’u Trail

  • Lower Visitor’s Center

  • Historic Makawao Town

For help planning your day check out our Sunrise at Haleakala National Park suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.

What time is the sunrise?

It depends on the time of year, but sunrise in the winter (October-March) is between 6:15 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and in the summer (April-September) it’s between 5:45 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. We recommend you double check the night before your visit. 

Please note, if you’re staying in West Maui at one of the resorts in Lahaina, Kaanapali or Kapalua it takes about 45 minutes to reach the start of the tour in Kahului and then about an hour to reach the summit — plan for two hours of travel time.


What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)

How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s Sunrise at Haleakala National Park Tour
  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park entry (cash or credit)
  • $1.50 per car: Online reservation for sunrise viewing 
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch/snacks 


Where can I book a sunrise reservation for Haleakala National Park?

You can book a sunrise reservation for Haleakala up to seven days in advance here. Please note, you do NOT need a reservation to see the sunset, just the sunrise.

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done in one direction.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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MomsinMaui

Gehshshshd | October 2021
Dear Shaka, What a fun, educational, and safe time we had with you! Not only were these two single moms (teachers as well) entertained we were learned so much. We tried 3 of the tours. The Reverse to Hana was closed deep within and we had to turn around but we just hopped onto the other tour and saw so much! The best however, was the Sunset and Stargazing tour of Haleakala National park. We cannot recommend this app enough. So easy to follow and you really do know the best places to stop!

I spent 30.00

debanddylan | October 2021
For nothing. Everything was closed. Most stops needed a reservation in advance, we didn’t know that. Was not worth the money.

Must Have App for Road to Hana

AndrewSinger | October 2021
We used this Shaka app for the Road to Hana in October 2021 and it was so very helpful, funny and truly enjoyable. The narrator mixes in some local history and useful tips that are awesome for this winding drive. We didn’t stop at all the points but stopped at most. We highly recommend this app and also heard in the town of Paia that this app was made by a local Maui-ian. 5 stars!
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