Posted June 18th, 2017, 05:16 PM
Last edited by Astro Flyer; June 18th, 2017 at 05:38 PM
While sunrise from Haleakala can be an amazing experience & is as close as we'll get to a sunrise from space, I would not do it during a single day on a cruise. In addition to the previous posted reasons why not to do it, here are some of the reasons why I wouldn't do it.
You'd have to arrive well before sunrise with a recently implemented sunrise permit which as I recall must be purchased in advance. There are a couple of reasons why early arrival is necessary...to park & to experience the first rays of the sunrise. The best part of my experiences were on completely clear moonless nights with a golden glow on the horizon that expands into actual sunrise. While the sunrise was good, it was the first rays of the sun that was best for me.
Several years ago for my most recent sunrise, I left West Maui at about 1:30 AM to ensure a parking space & to arrive before the first rays of sunrise. Being on a Hawaii cruise you're unlikely to have sufficient warm clothing to be comfortable in the cold & windy temperatures at the 10,000 ft summit which on average is 30° cooler than at sea level. And during the wintertime when temperatures regularly reach freezing there could even be snow and ice at the summit…definitely nothing tropical about it.
There's also the luck
factor for an awesome viewing...things such as a moonless night & no clouds including wispy cirrus ice crystal clouds which affects the view by creating a slightly opaque & blurred view.
I think there are too many things that could go wrong with your plan that at the very least could result in a less than perfect experience. Missing Kauai for the possibility of everything going perfectly for a Haleakala sunrise wouldn't be good for me.
You can research more about the PVSA information Silver posted & even if it's possible to leave in Kauai & rejoin the ship in Maui, missing the ship with the next port being Ensenada would definitely be a violation (as I recall $350/pp) plus having to pay last minute one-way airfare to LA. I don't know the procedure when missing the ship & what happens to personal belongings.
For all of these reasons, I would never do what you're considering. Being in the Great White North, Eh!
my guess is you live in Canada. Maybe you could join the annual winter migration of snowbirds
who fly here to Maui to have a more relaxing & enjoyable experience including a great Haleakala sunrise with perfect viewing conditions.