Seeing the sunrise on Maui’s Mount HaleakalÄ is a widely-recognized experience that lives on many bucket lists. The sheer enormity of seeing the sunrise over the ocean and clouds from the top of a dormant volcano is something that you will not find anywhere else in the world. It is a once in a lifetime experience. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNvf9pQGhYg[/embed] If you are planning on seeing a HaleakalÄ sunrise, think about how you want your one of a kind sunrise experience to go. There are two main options for crossing off this bucket list item. Both options do require advanced planning, especially during busy seasons on the island. Seeing the sunrise at the summit is the number one activity on Maui; therefore, it sells out quickly. 1. Drive Yourself The first option is to drive yourself to the summit in HaleakalÄ National Park. This option is only viable if you are renting a car during your stay on Maui. A major benefit of this option of driving yourself to see the sunrise at the summit of Mount HaleakalÄ is that you have the freedom to explore more of the National Park on your own after the sunrise viewing experience has come to an end. You can choose to go on a hike or see a waterfall up close. With this in mind, it is highly likely that a large majority of people viewing the sunrise will have the same idea to go on a hike through the National Park, so you might end up in a group setting after all. Another benefit of driving yourself to the summit is that you are able to eat wherever you want in Upcountry after the sunrise. There are so many amazing food options in Upcountry and all of them are unique, so it can be challenging to narrow it down on your own. Checking reviews and looking at menus in advance can help you with the process of narrowing down your choices. Finally, an additional benefit to driving yourself to the summit is that you will save money because you will not be paying for a tour. But, make sure you add up all of the costs of the car rental, gas cost, meal cost, and the park entrance fees. In some cases, these costs can be very comparable to the price of a tour. There are also a few cons that come with driving yourself to see the sunrise at the top of HaleakalÄ. First, you miss a lot of important cultural sites along the route because frankly, you probably don’t know where they are. For example, you might not ever learn that the Nene is actually a descendant of the Canadian goose. Or, that the only place on Earth that the HaleakalÄ Silversword plant can only be found is between 7,000 and 10,023 feet of elevation on HaleakalÄ. Also, you have to drink extreme amounts of caffeine because you have to wake up very, very early and be functioning on a high enough level to drive your family to the highest point on Maui. That is a daunting task, especially if you are not particularly a morning person in the first place. Keep in mind that you have to allow extra time to wait in line outside of the park gates so you are sure to get a good parking spot. Even if you wake up extra early to wait in line, you could possibly be redirected to a different parking lot depending on how full the lots are on the morning you visit the National Park. Luckily, if the pros of driving yourself to the summit do not outweigh the cons, there is another option.