The drive up.
It’s a smooth drive to the top with two visitor center stops on the way (closes at 4pm). They have restrooms which are open to the public 24/7.
It is about a 3.5 hour journey from Lahaina and the daily pass for 1 car is $25 USD.
The car park at the very top is completely packed and very squishy. However people are frequently coming and going and it wasn’t too long until we got a spot.
Or if you fancy it, you can park on one of the lower car parking areas and walk up.
You will need to make a booking to catch the sunrise (3am – 7am).
But you are able to visit the sunset without a booking, as we did.
Yep, it’s really cold up there. But don’t let that deter you, bring a jacket.
The drive down.
As it gets dark drive carefully. We were stopped by a cow in the middle of the road.
Of all the places we had seen in Hawaii, the view above the clouds as the sun set was my personal favorite. I just don’t have a big enough vocabulary to describe how stunning it really was, but take a look in the video below and you will see exactly what I mean.
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