Sunrise seen from the deck of Star Lookout, a small Upcountry bungalow high on the slopes of Haleakala, is an event to be leisurely savored. This morning it starts around 6 with an ever lightening veil of cloudy gray gradually tinted with shades of rose and fuchsia until the misty sky becomes an infusion of incandescent pinks. The grassy slopes (I have never seen them not green) slowly gain shape, revealing the dripping outlines of outcroppings, trees, and stone fences.
WHAT TO DO
Haleakala National Park. The Park Headquarters Visitor Center is about 1½ hours from Kahului; allow about 45 minutes for the last 10 miles to the summit. Go prepared with warm layers of clothing, water, food, and gas. INFO: Visitor Center: 8-4 daily; (808) 572-4400.
Tedeschi Vineyards. The tasting room in the 1874 cottage built for King David Kalakaua is at ‘Ulupalakua Ranch. Buy sandwiches at Grandma’s and picnic beneath cool pines. INFO: 9-5 daily; (808) 878-6058.
GALLERIES IN MAKAWAO
David Warren Gallery. 3625 Baldwin Ave.; (808) 572-1288.
Gallery Maui. 3643-A Baldwin; (808) 572-8092.
Hot Island Glass. 3620 Baldwin; (808) 572-4527.
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. 10-4 Mon-Sat. 2841 Baldwin; (808) 572-6560.
Viewpoints Gallery. 3620 Baldwin; (808) 572-5979.
WHERE TO EAT
Grandma’s Coffee House. 7-5 daily. 153 Kula Hwy. in Keokea Village; (808) 878-2140.
Hali’imaile General Store. Chef Beverly Gannon serves some of the island’s most creative fare. INFO: 11-2:30 Mon-Fri, 5:30-9 daily. 900 Hali’imaile Rd.; (808) 572-2666.
WHERE TO STAY
Kula Hula Inn. Contemporary home with two rooms, a suite, and a cottage near Makawao. INFO: From $90. 112 Hoopalua Dr.; (888) 485-2466.
Silver Cloud Ranch. Plantation-style B&B with 12 simple rooms in a lovely setting. INFO: From $95. On Thompson Rd.; (800) 532-1111.
Star Lookout. Rustic, refurbished cabin with kitchen. INFO: From $150. 202 Thompson; (907) 346-8028.