I went to see the sunrise on Haleakalā last week. Haleakalā means “house of the sun” and is the dormant volcano here on Maui.
We left the house at 4am just to make it to the sunrise. I had checked the weather before leaving and it told me it would be 48°F and when we got up there it was also quite windy, which made it colder. But it’s all worth it. Just look at some of the photos I took.
I think this is my sixth sunrise or so. But every sunrise is different, which makes it so much more beautiful. These photos don’t compare to the real thing. Seeing the sunrise on Haleakalā is truly and awesome and beautiful experience. If you ever get the chance to, take it. Seeing the sunset and moonrise on Haleakalā is just as awesome and beautiful and also an option to do.
Also, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Haleakalā National Park! Which is pretty darn cool.
I also learned that the Haleakalā Crater isn’t actually a crater anymore, but it’s actually an erosion depression. Which is kinda depressing but that’s just how time and nature works.