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.

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Welcome a new day while standing on the summit of Haleakalā. This sacred site has long been a place for reverence and inspiration. Anyone entering the park for sunrise will need an advance reservation.

At this time, reservations are not required for sunset. View our Current Conditions to learn more about the park’s current status.

Still have sunrise questions? Check out our FAQs for sunrise reservations.

Driving up for sunrise? Know before you go!

In order to view sunrise at Haleakalā National Park, you will need to make sunrise viewing reservations ahead of time on recreation.gov.

  • Reservations can be made online up to 7 days in advance of your sunrise visit on recreation.gov. These tickets are released at 7:00 am HST.
  • A visitor may only purchase one sunrise reservation per three-day period.
  • 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.
  • For questions, call the recreation.gov help line at 1-877-444-6777.

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.
 

Be Prepared for Sunrise Conditions

Sunrise viewing is a popular activity in the summit area of the park. However, viewing quality varies greatly depending on the weather conditions. If you are planning to visit the summit area for sunrise, please keep in mind the following:

  • The visitor centers remain closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
  • 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.
  • There is no food, clothing, or gas for sale in the park.
  • The road up and down the mountain does not have streetlights or guard rails.
  • 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.
 

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: August 24, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Haleakalā National Park
PO Box 369

Makawao, HI 96768

Phone:

(808) 572-4400

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