In order to reach the summit in time for sunrise, hotel pickup times for sunrise tours can be extremely early, typically between 2 and 4am. This can vary by season—in winter, the Maui sunrise is around 7am, while in summer, it’s closer to 5.30am. Haleakala National Park’s distance from Kahului (about one hour by road) and the resort areas of Wailea, Kaanapali, and Kapalua (between 90 minutes and 2.5 hours) also adds to the early start.
Insider tip: If visiting Hawaii from elsewhere in the US, you may find yourself naturally rising early due to the time difference. Take advantage and schedule your sunrise tour for early on in your trip.