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.

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  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. 

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?

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

What should I budget for the Reverse tour?

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 Reverse Road to Hana Tour
  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park (Oheo Pools)
  • $15.00 for adults: Garden of Eden (per person)
  • $10.00 per car: Waianapanapa State Park
  • $5.00 per person: Waianapanapa State Park
  • $11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube
  • $10.00 per person: Kahana Gardens
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $10.00: Local snack, like banana bread or shave ice

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 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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