Sunrise, Haleakalā National Park Visitor Center Parking Lot (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 25 sec, f/8.0, 86mm, ISO 200

One must do when visiting the island of Maui is sunrise at the summit of Haleakalā. The Summit Observation Deck is the best place to catch sunrise. There is limited parking there, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time to get a spot. Otherwise you will be parking at the Visitor Center (pictured above). This is a 25-second exposure which captured three bands of cars headlights arriving at the summit. I always wanted to capture such an image and caught this one without thinking.

Be aware that reservations are required to enter the park for sunrise viewing. Make your reservations well in advance of your visit. Because of the early departure time required to reach the summit, the best time to do this is the day after you arrive on Maui. Because of time zone differences, you will be wide awake very early the first day anyway, so plan on making the drive then.

Puʻuʻulaʻula (Summit Observation Deck): 20.709829° -156.252568°

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