One of the most beloved and recommended Top 10 Things to do in Maui is the Haleakala Sunrise. Due to its overwhelming popularity, it has caused issues such as overcrowding, cars blocking traffic lanes due to limited parking and long lines to enter the park. So to help with the situation, starting Feb 1, 2017, the Haleakala Sunrise requires a reservation. All cars regardless if rental or personal require a reservation to view the sunrise at the Summit. You can make reservations at recreation.gov. The reservation system is the same one used in Oahu for the Pearl Harbor Memorial site.
Things You Need to Know
- Starting Feb 1, 2017, entering the Summit District between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m requires a reservation
- The reservation system went live on Dec. 1, 2016 and will cost $1.00 per car, not person
- You can reserve 60 days in advance.
- Reservation will not be sold at the park but is available only online at recreation.gov
- Tickets are available 2 days in advance, at 7am HST. So if you want to go on Dec 17, be ready to reserve on Dec 15 at 7am HST. Tickets go quickly, so plan ahead.
- Reservation is not transferable or refundable regardless of weather conditions or change in plans
- Must present reservation confirmation email, along with photo ID matching the name on the reservations.
- Visitors without a Haleakala Sunrise reservation will have to wait until after 7 a.m. to enter the park
- The park entrance fee ($25) is separate from the $1.00 reservation fee
The park does not mess around with Haleakala Sunrise reservations. No reservation, no sunrise, no exception. Make reservations at recreation.gov