These 20 Beautiful Sunrises In Hawaii Will Have You Setting Your Alarm

The rising sun represents the dawn of a new day, the promise of a new beginning — and nowhere are sunrises more stunning than the islands of Hawaii. Whether you catch a glimpse of the sunrise through your bedroom window or wake up before the sun so you can catch its arrival at the summit of a mountain, there’s something so special about sunrises in Hawaii, and these twenty photographs are no exception.

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Sometimes, I can’t get over how beautiful the Aloha State truly is. Which of these sunrises in Hawaii is your absolute favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, then click here to discover some of our all-time favorite sunset photographs taken across our breathtaking islands.

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Hawaii Sunrises

September 09, 2020

When does the sun rise in Hawaii?

While the time the sunrises each day varies depending on the time of year, you will be able to watch the sunrise in Hawaii from 5:50 a.m. on the summer solstice to 7:05 a.m. on the winter solstice. For exact data on the sunrise for any given day — so you can make plans, of course — click here. After all, with such vibrant sunrises witnessed across the state, we certainly don’t mind setting our alarms just to watch the sun rise from beyond the horizon.

Where are the best places to watch the sunrise in Hawaii?

In reality, any eastern-facing vista in the Aloha State will provide you with a stunning sunrise view, but some of our favorites are the Lanai Lookout on Oahu and Poipu Beach on Kauai. Of course, we can’t talk about Hawaii sunrises without mentioning the most famous sunrise destination of all — Mount Haleakala. The second-tallest mountain in Hawaii, Haleakala is such a popular place to visit at sunrise that you actually need a reservation.

Are there any good sunrise hikes in Hawaii?

Of course, there are! My personal favorites include the Lanikai Pillboxes and Makapu’u Lighthouse, both found on the windward side of Oahu. Other popular options include Sleeping Giant on Kauai and Waipio Valley on Hawaii Island. No matter where you choose to hike, make sure to pack a flashlight and a camera — as well as sun protection for once the sun comes up.

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