Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise at HVC.
The sun rises over the crater walls. Viewing sunrise from the mountain peak is one of the most popular reasons to visit Haleakalā National Park.

Asa Ellison

Driving up for sunrise? Know before you go!

Beginning February 1, 2017, visitors in personal or rental vehicles wishing to view sunrise at Haleakalā National Park will need to make sunrise viewing reservations ahead of time at recreation.gov.

  • Reservations are now available, online only, up to 60 days in advance of your sunrise visit.

  • You can call the reservation line at 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation over the phone.

  • A small number of last-minute tickets are released online two days beforehand at 4:00 PM HST. The website will show tickets as sold out until 4:00 PM.

  • Please note that calling the park directly, or visiting in-person, will not result in a reservation since staff at Haleakalā National Park are unable to make reservations for you.

  • No reservations for sunset are required at this time.

Please note:
The reservation fee is not part of the entrance fee. Entrance fees will be collected upon entry to the park. Visitors with national park passes, please have your pass and ID ready to present at the gate for entry.

Reservations are only for sunrise and can only be used on the day that was reserved.

Weather is constantly changing at the summit of Haleakalā and we can’t predict whether a sunrise is going to be clear or cloudy. There will be no refunds or exchanging reservations for a different day.


Step-by-step guidance on booking through recreation.gov:
  1. Click Sign In or Sign Up to log in to your account or create a new one
  2. Visit the page for sunrise reservations
  3. Click the Book Now button under the first tab labeled Tour Park Details. This will take you to the next tab.
  4. Click the Enter Date button under "Online** availability."
  5. Select the tour date for ticket availability, and enter "1" for number of tickets. Click Find Tour Times.
  6. Select the 3:00 AM - 7:00 AM option.
  7. Enter the number of vehicles as "1" again.
  8. Click Book Tour.
  9. Have the permit holder present a valid ID and reservation upon arrival at the park entrance station.

 

Sunrise and sunset are among the celestial phenomenon visible from the park - according to the whims of the weather. If you are planning to visit the the summit area at dawn or dusk, please keep in mind the following:

  • The visitor centers are not open at these times.
  • Temperatures immediately before dawn and immediately after dusk are regularly below freezing.
  • Weather is unpredictable, but is often windy and wet.
  • There are NO weather predictions available for sunrise, sunset is slightly more forseeable.
  • There is no food, clothing or gas for sale in the park.
  • The road up and down the mountain does not have streetlights.
  • It takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive between Kahului and the summit.
  • Parking is restricted to designated lots only.
  • Parking lots will be closed when full - especially at sunrise.

For ideas on other activities at Haleakalā, please check out Plan Your Visit. Why not bring a breakfast picnic and stay after the sun comes up? Then, go for a hike through the volcanic landscape.

 
Sunset at the summit is just as beautiful as sunrise.
Sunset at the summit is just as beautiful as sunrise. Visitors can still watch sunset without a permit.

Asa Ellison

What time is sunrise? What time is sunset?

Month Date: Sunrise/Sunset

January 1: 6:56am/6:00pm
January 15: 6:58am/6:10pm

July 1: 5:41am/7:16pm
July 15: 5:46am/7:15pm

February 1: 6:55am/6:21pm
February 15: 6:48am/6:29pm

August 1: 5:52am/7:09pm
August 15: 5:57am/7:01pm

March 1: 6:39am/6:35pm
March 15: 6:27am/6:40pm

September 1: 6:02am/6:49pm
September 15: 6:06am/6:33pm

April 1: 6:12am/6:49pm
April 15: 6:00am/6:49pm

October 1: 6:10am/6:19pm
October 15: 6:14am/6:06pm

May 1: 5:50am/6:55pm
May 15: 5:42am/7:01pm

November 1: 6:20am/5:55pm
November 15: 6:28am/5:49pm

June 1: 5:38am/7:08pm
June 15: 5:38am/7:12pm

December 1: 6:38am/5:47pm
December 15: 6:47am/5:50pm


Sunrise/Sunset times calculated from information from the Bishop Museum Planetarium.

Last updated: May 11, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Haleakalā National Park
PO Box 369

Makawao, HI 96768

Phone:

(808) 572-4400

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