Haleakalā National Park Visitor Center, State Highway 378, Kula, HI 96790
Google Maps Location: http://goo.gl/nXkr6j
This has to be one of the coolest, most amazing sunrises I have experienced so far in my life. The sunrise at the summit of Haleakala in Maui, where you are standing at 10,000 ft above sea level, with the clouds mostly stuck at about 8,000 ft. It was like you were just floating on a fluffy endless pillow of clouds. My friend and I got up at 3am from his parent's house, to drive up the curvy, twisty, 25 mph max road in almost pitch dark and no guardrails. On top of that, we had to bundle up like you wouldn't believe, for without the sun out, 10,000 ft above sea level is really cold. Standing at the edge of the summit, my friend and I were huddled together in a blanket, on top of all we were wearing, and we were still shivering. Before the sun peaked its way over the clouds, the slow illumination of the underbelly, the top and edge of the clouds, combined with the landscape took on so many beautiful hues of colors that changed by the minute. The moment just before the sun peaked its way over was my favorite. The sun lightly and warmly rimming the edge, the orange glow in the sky and the silhouette of Haleakala in the foreground. Magnifique!