We were visiting Maui via the Pride of America Cruise ship. We rented a car for the two days that we were there. (So much cheaper than booking any excursions) The first day we had driven the Road to Hana and the second day we were up bright and early (2:30 am) to depart the ship at 3am for the drive to the summit. The drive is fairly easy; just a lot of repetitive switchbacks back and forth up the summit. I understand that it can be a foggy drive, but on the morning we went it was a crystal clear drive. We probably could have left about 30m later, but getting there early allowed us to get a prime spot right up against the railing for pictures. Do make sure to pack something warmer if you are planning on doing the sunrise; we saw plenty of people in shorts and flip flops freezing their butts off. We had jeans with us from the flight. I also packed an under armour layer, a rain jacket, and a hat and gloves. I am not sorry that I did. We were totally comfortable. The anticipation as the light began to creep over the clouds had the crowds of people buzzing. The changes in coloration over the landscape is amazing to see. The colors of the sunrise are simply breathtaking...and so much more dramatic than a typical sunrise since you are watching it all happen from above the cloudline (about 10,000 feet up to be exact). The landscape made me feel like we were on the moon or another planet. Such a cool experience. Totally worth the incredibly early wake up call. The pictures just don't do it justice. It is $10 to get into the park per car and there are lots of hiking trails and things to do in the park other than watching the sunrise.
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