HALEAKALA Volcano                     

Sunset & Star Gazing Adventure 

Stargazing on Maui is best from the  Summit of Haleakala!    

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Haleakala Sunset & Stargazing Adventure

2 Hour Sunset and Stargazing Adventure

Adult – $105.00*

Children* & Kama’aina- $78.00

*Children 7 – 15 years old. Children under 7 yrs not recommended at high altitudes.  

 Maximum 11 people per tour.

 Minimum 4 people.  

 Follow guide in your own car.

Drive to summit can be scary for nervous drivers or those with fear of heights.

GET READY FOR AN ADVENTURE!

Join a professional astronomer and her telescope at the top of Haleakala! Enjoy a spectacular sunset on the summit of this sacred Volcano, over 10,000 feet elevation.   As astronomical twilight fades, the magic of Maui’s night sky begins! Stargazing includes a delicious organic picnic!  Look through a telescope to see up close views of the cosmos. BUT CAN YOU HANDLE THE COLD?  At 10,000 feet, temperatures can be below freezing. Bring layers of pants, thick socks and closed shoes.  Coats, hats, gloves and blankets provided.

Maui Astronomy Tours does not provide transportation, please follow astronomer in your own vehicle.

Sorry, the Park does not allow me to meet you on the summit. We must meet at a designated area outside the Park.

We do not tour the professional telescope observatories on Haleakala.  They are off limits to the public. 

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2 HOUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES:

  • Stunning Sunset on top of a Volcano!
  • Chairs, Mats or Blankets to watch Sunset
  • Tour of the Night Sky with a professional astronomer
  • Coats, Hats, Gloves, Blankets and Hand Warmers
  • Delicious Organic Picnic
  • Look through an 8″ Telescope
  • Binocular Observation
  • See Stars, Constellations, Planets & Deep Space Objects
  • Star Map
  • Park Fee
  • Meet astronomer at 3:00 PM in Makawao at Longs Drug Store Kulamalu Center – Follow to Summit – Observe until  8:00 PM.

Note:  During Spring and Summer, meeting times will be later due to later sunset time.

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TOUR INSTRUCTIONS:

Maui Astronomy Tours DOES NOT provide transportation.  Please have enough gas in your vehicle for the drive up the mountain….at least 1/4 tank.

You will be contacted by 1:00pm with a weather update.

MEET at Longs Drug Store in Makawao area – Kulamalu Center
55 Kiopaa St. Maui –  from Route 37, take right on Aapueo then next left into Longs parking area
  • 20 Minute Orientation at Longs Drug parking lot area
  • 60 minute drive to summit from Longs Drug Store
  • Follow astronomer in your vehicle
  • Don’t forget to fuel your vehicle for the drive up
  • Taxi service is also available but very expensive
  • All tour guests must be escorted into Park by astronomer
  • Astronomer is NOT able to meet you inside the Park
WHAT TO BRING:
  • Long pants (2 layers are ideal)
  • Closed Shoes
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses or Hat
  • Blanket or Towel
  • Personal Snacks
  • Camera

 NOTE:  It is not advisable to visit the summit 2X in one day.

WARNINGS: DO NOT SCUBA DIVE the day before or day of your tour; this causes altitude sickeness.

If you are prone to fear of heights or driving at night on a curvy road, please consider this before booking.

ALSO: People with health issues (i.e. pacemakers, diabetes, pregnancy, heart disease, lung disease) please contact your doctor for risk assessment at 10,000 feet elevation.                 No smoking or alcohol during tour. No pets.

CANCELLATION POLICY:   24 hour cancellation notice is required.  Contact Becky if you have an emergency.

You will be contacted at 1:oo PM with a weather update. If weather is inclement, you can reschedule or be refunded.  

If weather turns inclement during your Haleakala tour, a partial refund will be issued.

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*NEW TOUR in 2018!

STARGAZING on the SLOPES

Organic Picnic – Coats/Hats/Gloves  – Blankets  –  Chairs  – Star Map

Starting in 2018, Maui Astronomy Tours is changing tours!

Just outside Haleakala National Park between 4500 – 6500 feet elevations on the Slopes of Haleakala are amazing stargazing spots with incredible Maui views.  Join resident astronomer, Becky Sydney, for “out of this world” stargazing and a delicious organic picnic.  The Hawaiian owl, Pueo, often joins us too! Look through a deep space telescope as Becky gives a guided tour of the night sky. View the constellations, planets, stars, craters on the Moon and cool Milky Way objects.  It’s a celestial party on the Slopes of Haleakala!

*Due to recent policy changes within Haleakala National Park, Maui Astronomy Tours can no longer caravan guests into the Park for stargazing.  I’m currently trying to acquire a van for transportation. Updates to follow.

Tour Info


FREE ASTRONOMY NIGHTS  @ Four Seasons Wailea

December 20 & 27   –  7:30pm – 8:30pm – no sign up necessary.

DECEMBER 2017 Viewable Stars, Planets & Constellations:

Saturn & Mercury low in west, Pisces, Aries, Pleiades rising, Taurus, Gemini, Orion, Cassiopeia, Capella, Vega, Deneb and Altair, Sirius, Great Square of Pegasus, Geminid & Ursid Meteor Showers, Andromeda, Perseus holding Medusa’s head

December 1 – Hubble rises 7:00pm low in South

December 2 – Hubble rises 6:48pm low in South

December 3 – Full Moon at perigee (closest) – Hubble 6:38pm South

December 4 – Hubble rises 6:28pm  SW

December 5 – Hubble rises 6:18pm  West

December 6 – Hubble rises 6:08pm next to Saturn & Mercury

December 9  – Last quarter Moon

December 12  – Geminid Meteor Shower

December 17  -NEW MOON

December 18 – Moon at apogee (farthest)

December 20 -Urside Meteor Shower

December 21 – Winter Solstice!

December 25 – 1st Quarter Moon

December 31 – 2018 Begins!!

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Tours will not be operating during the “commercial-free days” listed below, intended to provide opportunities for native Hawaiians to conduct traditional practices in the park without impact from commercial tour activity.

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017

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PRIVATE ASTRONOMY TOURS

“Have telescope, will travel.”

Enjoy a private session under the stars with a professional astronomer, deep space telescope and cool computer apps.  Please inquire for availability and rates.

Private Tours are great for:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Conventions
  • Large Groups
  • Family Reunions
  • School Events
  • Workshops
  • Full Moon Parties
  • Special Events

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