Maui: Lahaina Pali Trail Sunrise

We finally did a sunrise hike!!

I’ve been wanting to do a sunrise hike on the Lahaina Pali Trail for some time now. I was also very proud that I was able to convince Toni to do it with me (which wasn’t easy). We were pretty miserable the last time we hiked the Pali trail, so we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy climb and planned to take about 1.5 hours to get to the top.

We woke up at 4:00 am and grabbed some snacks at Long’s before starting the hike at 5:30 am. Toni took some pretty rad night photos. Here is one when a plane flew past us!


It was pitch dark at the trailhead, so we brought a headlamp (200 lumens) and a $1 flashlight (which didn’t do much, so we only had the headlamp to light the path).

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The stars were shining brightly that night and we often stopped to take a moment to look up at the sky. It was amazing. As the sky started to get brighter, we were reminded that we were running out of time – so we hustled up the mountain.

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We stopped more often than we planned, but we constantly looked back at Haleakala to get an idea of how much time we had left. About a quarter of a mile to the windmills, Toni knew the sun was going to peek up behind Haleakala and I ran and climbed up on top of a huge rock to set the camera and start the timelapse. I literally finished setting up the camera just in the knick of time! It was crazy how close I almost missed recording the beginning of the sunrise.


Our photos and video don’t do it justice but it was definitely my favorite sunrise on Maui. The sunrise at Haleakala is still Toni’s favorite, but this for me was my favorite for these reasons: 1) It wasn’t freezing cold unlike Haleakala (the temp was perfect); 2) we had the view all to ourselves (no selfie sticks blocking our way and it was so peaceful!); 3) Even though it was hazy that morning, the hard climb up was worth the sunrise (because the moment felt so magical); and 4) it was like watching Maui turn from night to day.

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We decided to finish the hike to the top and continued up to the windmills.

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After a few photos and resting at the top, we headed back down the same way since we only brought one car. If you want to hike the entire trail, you would have to park a car at both ends of the trail…unless you wanted to hike the trail twice (which would be a 10-mile round-trip hike in the heat…yikes!). We hiked this entire trail in the heat, which was pretty miserable – check it out here!

Anywho, we need to do more sunrise hikes. period. Until next time!

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