All my friends know me as the worst at putting up pictures. I know, I know, I’m sorry. I remember in high school I would always be the one taking pictures at events and they would usually go up on Facebook a couple of months later. Definitely drove my friends up the wall, but unfortunately nothing has really changed that much with these photos being shown up on this blog a good 3 and a half months later. But I promise you, good things come to those who wait. (Sorry, I’ll do my best to not keep you waiting so long in the future though…as soon as I’m all caught up. Oh man.)
One of the must see things that we were told while researching activities and places to go for our trip to Maui was Haleakala Summit, which had an altitude of 10,023 feet high. I remember that number so distinctly because it’s the highest point in all of Maui and both the sunrise and sunset from this high up is just insanely gorgeous and on a whole new level.
Around 1:30 AM in the morning, we dragged ourselves out of bed and took the 2 hour drive up to Haleakala Summit, which consisted of a lot of windy roads. I volunteered to drive for the ride up (we drove from Lahaina) so everyone else could sleep since my dad had been doing a lot of the driving throughout the trip. Definitely a good idea to get some rest before you make the drive, because it can be dangerous to drive so early in the morning and especially when it’s so dark.
We arrived around 4:30 AM, which was WAY earlier than the sunrise, but we treated ourselves to one of the best stargazing views. Definitely one of the best stargazing places I’ve been to so far, other than the nights I spent watching the night sky from the middle of the ocean on a Navy ship. However, with such a high altitude, it was also FREEZING.
Like MY FINGERS ARE GOING TO FALL OFF FREEZING.
We knew this ahead of time because we had talked to some friends, so we were layered in our ski jackets and ski pants (yeah…we came prepared). While I was packing, I almost had to remind myself that I was going to Maui because I brought nearly all my snow gear that I might as well have just gone snowboarding instead.
People started piling in on the parking lots and viewing areas shortly after, so it was nice that we were able to reserve a spot in the viewing tower and get a nice parking spot as well. I also brought my handy dandy GoPro to try out the timelapse feature, and freaked out in excitement over how well it turned out nearly 1,000 images later.
For your viewing pleasure.
Dusk. Such a unique and beautiful time of the day that you don’t normally get to see.
Stars are out and shining bright. Unfortunately, my DSLR has very poor capturing quality of the night sky since I only have the most basic 18-55 lens, but this will have to do for now.
Those brighter stars are actually Jupiter and Venus! I think Mars also.
Gorgeous cloud formations.
Haleakala actually translates to “house of the rising sun,” fitting for the fact that we are above the clouds and get to see the sunrise atop the clouds.
The sliver of sun peeking through the clouds!
Here comes the sun (na na na na…)
Breathtaking. I’m lucky that where I live I get to see beautiful sunsets all the time, but sunrises are equally as epic.
Clear day out!
The Silversword, specifically endemic to Haleakala. It’s a rare and endangered plant that only found in here in proximity to the Haleakala volcano.
In the far distance, you can actually see the tips of nearby islands peeking through the clouds!
Aloha! Thanks for reading ♥