Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun

Tripoto
26th May 2018
Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das
Day 1

Dragging ourselves out of the bed at 1:30 am in the morning wasn't an amazing feeling but considering what was in store for us when we reach the top of the magnanimous Haleakala got us moving.

It took us about one and half hours to drive from Kahului to the top of Haleakala. The drive was beautiful with steep turns while we were driving to the top of the mountain. The sides were fluffs of clouds that danced in all the early morning Glory.

At about 2:30 am we reached the top of the mountain and to our utmost surprise, found the gorgeous and stunning milky way galaxy , lined up straight the Haleakala observatory. That view was absolutely breathtaking and made me appreciate the beauty of mother nature.

The clock struck 3am, and we saw a whole lot of people joining us to witness the extraordinary sunrise the world claims about. I wouldn't deny, it was worth waking up that early. The crimson hues spread across the entire skyline, scattering the light through eternity, beautifully lighting up our gleaming eyes. With time, the blue colour of sky burst out through the redness of the sky and it was a defining moment. Enjoy the visuals of the 🌞

The crimson hues fading into the blue sky

Photo of Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii, USA by Devi Archana Das

Peek-a-boo! The Sun is here ????

Photo of Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii, USA by Devi Archana Das

Dark crimson hues across the skyline before the sunrise

Photo of Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii, USA by Devi Archana Das

The clouds hugging the volcanic mountains of Haleakala

Photo of Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii, USA by Devi Archana Das

The Three Musketeers- The sun, the clouds, the mountain

Photo of Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii, USA by Devi Archana Das

Fluffly clouds envelopes the entire skyline during sunrise

Photo of Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii, USA by Devi Archana Das

With the mesmerizing sunrise witness, we decided to delve into the beauty of sunset at the top of Haleakala. We left Kahului around 3 pm and reached out pickup spot around 4:15pm. We signed up with an agency to witness the sunset and stargaze afterwards. We were provided with warm jackets, chairs, hot cocoa and amazing company. Sipping hot cocoa, we placed our chairs on the side of the bending road at the top of the mountain to watch the sun go down. The clouds provided a gorgeous view of the skyline and a variety of colors danced across the sky to our awe. It is remarkable how gorgeous the view was!

We cuddled ourselves with the dainty rays of the sun and absorbed it with all the beauty it had to offer. Sunrise and sunset definitely gives you a different perspective of appreciating the beauty of nature and our experience was no different. Grateful for the journey and the company 🥰

Standing at 12000 ft and having the clouds floating below is a sight to behold!

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das

What a sight it is to see this gorgeous view lined up of layers of clouds dancing together !☁️❤️

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das

The Sun almost ready to nap !

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das
Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das

The star formation from the biggest star in the universe - a view to witness for a lifetime! ????

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das

The fiery red sun going down with all it's night and lighting up the sky in beautiful hues ❤️

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das

The boat like clouds being lit up in crimson grey hues of the setting sun ☁️

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das

Muffled clouds , wrapping each other up at such great height is definitely a dream

Photo of Haleakala - The Land of the Rising Sun by Devi Archana Das
Day 2

Well we couldn't get enough of Haleakala! We decided to witness the sunrise yet again and this time we decided to go down to the Visitors Center and witness the rays of the sun fall on the gorgeous volcanic mountains! And it was an incredible sight for us to be honest . The beautiful reddish brown mountains gleamed with the shining rays of the sun. The land got literally lit with the sunrays in the most impeccable way.
We stood there witnessing the beauty of sunrise and stretching a curve across our faces whole appreciating the little things in life.

The various columns of the volcanic mountains getting lit up at Golden hour

Photo of Haleakalā Visitors Center, Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI, USA by Devi Archana Das

The ???? mountains, the clouds and the rays of ????

Photo of Haleakalā Visitors Center, Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI, USA by Devi Archana Das

The reddish brown rocks on the mountain laying lose yet being beautifully lot by the first rays of the sun

Photo of Haleakalā Visitors Center, Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI, USA by Devi Archana Das

The bow formed by the gorgeous sun and the Flora on the mountains being lit

Photo of Haleakalā Visitors Center, Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI, USA by Devi Archana Das

The first rays of the sun spreading across the mountains

Photo of Haleakalā Visitors Center, Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI, USA by Devi Archana Das

A panaromic view of the volcanic mountains from a little down below Haleakala

Photo of Haleakalā Visitors Center, Haleakala Highway, Kula, HI, USA by Devi Archana Das

Haleakala is definitely the most beautiful place where we witness probably the most gorgeous , incredible and heavenly sunrise. Sunrises gives us the hope that amidst all the darkness , there's always something to look forward to, something that would light up your life in a way that you would cherish it forever. Would definitely encourage everyone out there to appreciate the beauty of nature and travel for your soul.

Haleakala was our Ray of Hope and our memory to hold forever ❤️