Sunrise in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #28

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Sunrise in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.



Sunrise in Hawaii

Sunrise in Hawaiian Paradise Park

Seriously, it’s worth the effort to get up a little early here in Hawaii to see the sunrise in different parts of the island.  There really is something special about greeting a new day on the island and seeing the sun come up from the ocean or even the mountains depending on what part of the island the sun is appearing. Here are some of my favorite morning walks to show you some of our beautiful sunrise moments on Hawaii.


Sunrise in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #28

Morning sunrise on the Mauna Kea

Sunrise along the Kohala coast

Waking up early and taking a morning hike along the many coastal and inland trails offer a different sunrise where the sun appears above Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano over a million years old and rises over 13,803 feet above sea level, quite a majestic view to see in the morning, wouldn’t you agree it’s worth it?


Sunrise in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #28

Sunrise at Hapuna beach

Sunrise at Hapuna Beach

Sunrise along the west side of Hawaii island were the views are more well-known for its spectacular sunsets is also nice with dramatic views of the coastline and the dark contours of Mauna Loa volcano in the background. What you get with the sunrise here is this gorgeous golden light streaming through the green forests, highlighting the palm trees, cliffs and finally the beach at Hapuna. It’s still a gorgeous view with the morning light and worth every effort to be among the first on the beach to greet the new day. Even the surfers get to the beach very early in the morning here before heading out to work or just enjoy the whole day playing on the beach.

Sunrise in Hawaii

Sunrise over Kona town

Sunrise over Kona town

Sunrise over Kona in West Hawaii is beautiful again with the sun breaking across the mountains and spreading a golden glow over the town, it’s a very quiet and idyllic moment enjoying the timeframe before the town wakes and begins a busy day catering mostly to visitors and locals alike.


Sunrise in Hawaii

Sunrise in Hawaiian Paradise Park

Sunrise at Hawaiian Paradise Park

Closer to my neighborhood and a short drive to the coastline in East Hawaii is a sprawling area called Hawaiian Paradise park with its rugged and dangerous coastline with cliffs abruptly marking the beginning of land. What you get here are brilliant and dramatic views of sunrise against black lava rock – glistening in the sun for a brief moment while the sun arches directly from the east and into view – amazing view isn’t it?

Sunrises in Hawaii Island

Sunrise at Kalapana coast

Sunrise at Kalapana beside the lava flows

Sometimes when the lava is still actively flowing directly into the ocean south of Kalapana, I love to take a very early morning hike (about two hours one way) in complete darkness and walking over rough and scary lava rocks to get to the shoreline where lava finally enters into the ocean all the way from Kilauea, the active volcano. What you get is a spectacular show of both lava flowing into the ocean while sunrise along the coastline greets you and grants a spectacular double performance of natures glory on the island – Ah, it’s just amazing to witness!

Take a look a little further down the coastline at the same time the sun is rising over Kalapna, the lava is flowing into the ocean. Anyone interested in joining me for an amazing morning hike like this with me in Hawaii?


Sunrise in Hawaii

Sunrise at with lava flowing into the ocean


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36 Responses to Sunrise in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #28

  1. Bex January 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Gorgeous Noel! I have Pinned and Shared. It’s so inspiring

  2. Nicole @ Caribbean Travel Blog January 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Stunning photos! We are heading to Hawaii next month and I cant wait – Hope I get to witness a sunrise like this one!

  3. Cindy - thetravelgal January 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks for showing me what I’ve missed – lovely photos! I’m a sunset gal, but maybe you are right and it is worth getting up before the sun to watch it awake the rest of the world!

  4. Jess January 23, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    That’s an amazing view! I’d love to see some flowing lava – I’ve always been fascinated with volcanoes.

  5. Neva January 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Beautiful sunsets at such an inviting time of winter.

  6. Jess @UsedYorkCity January 21, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful (warm!) photos, they sure make my cold NYC morning much cheerier!:-)

  7. Calli January 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Wow, beautiful shots! I particularly love the shots from the Hawaiian Paradise Park. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  8. Rajlakshmi January 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Woww… spectacular photos 😀 loved each one of them

  9. budget jan January 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi Noel,

    I have just been wading through all the links. Wow there are a lot. The photos in your post are very dramatic. I like the way they are dark but lit up at the same time 🙂

  10. Cathy Sweeney January 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Wow! Fabulous shots, Noel. I’m not often ready to get out and take sunrise pics, but when I do I’m always glad I did. We got some wonderful sunrises in Kauai that I’ll have to find — now that you’ve got me on the subject!

  11. Lunaguava January 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Stunning photos, Noel! Particularly love the one at Kalapana. Good luck and safe travels!

  12. Life Images by Jill January 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    oh what stunning beach scenes. And that lava flow is amazing!

  13. travelnwrite January 20, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    We had just been saying what a joy it is to greet the day — and the sunrise — in Hawaii. We’ve been on O’ahu for three days and I keep waking earlier and earlier just to catch the first glimpse of the sky turning pink. Beautiful photos, Noel!

  14. santafetraveler January 20, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Great photos. Aloha!

  15. Jesh StG January 20, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Wow, these pics look like the introduction of a movie – so vivid! And I just can “hear” the waves rolling in.

  16. Emma January 20, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    What beautiful photographs! I particularly love the last three, just stunning! 🙂

  17. NatureFootstep Travel January 20, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    love the coastal images. Love how the rough rock meets the ocean. I have seen the lavaflow once but only from a safe distance. Tourists was not allowed to go to close. 🙂

    • Noel January 20, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      Yes hiking to dangerous parts of the area without a guide is extremely dangerous, I always advise to go to any rugged or dangerous location with an expert who knows the area and conditions very well.

  18. Marisol@TravelingSolemates January 20, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Hi Noel, thank you for sharing your Hawaiian sunrise. They’re all so magical. Waking up early for this beautiful morning scene is certainly worth all the effort and may even seem effortless. I love all the photos but there something mesmerizing about the photos of Pararadise Park. The sunburst show over Mauna Kea is also so spectacular. I don’t think you can give us enough beautiful sunset and sunrise shots. Keep them coming!

  19. Dawn January 20, 2014 at 3:06 am #

    Gorgeous photos as always Noel, great to wake up to! I’m looking to get a new camera, wondered if you had a recommendation? I’m looking at a Canon t2i or T3i… Open to suggestions. Thanks!

  20. frankaboutcroatia January 20, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Noel, great photos! I would definitely be waking up early in Hawaii. Love the most your photo of a sunrise in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

  21. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse January 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    The light in your picture is amazing!

  22. muzachan January 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    So beautiful…

  23. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} January 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    All I can say is “Wow!” There are so many good photos here that I want to hop a plane to the Big Island right this moment. The last one is my favorite. When we were there, the lava wasn’t going all the way out to the sea, so I guess I have an excuse to go back.

  24. The Guy January 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    They are lovely settings for some fabulous sunrise pictures. I love the one over Kona town.

  25. Patti January 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Beautiful as always! We spent a year living on Oahu, so I always enjoy seeing photos of the islands.

  26. Briona January 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE the first picture, and the one with the lava is fantastic! Oh to be able to take photos like that! 🙂

  27. Kelly January 19, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Oh my goodness – these photos are incredible!! I will come and play in your travel photo link up in the following weeks but wow these photos are stunning! xx

  28. David W January 19, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Also love the photo of the lava flow. Going to be there in February and plan to visit the volcano. Did you need permission to get so close to the flow?

  29. A Southern Gypsy January 19, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Love these photos, especially the one with the lava! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! 🙂


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