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 3:45 PM in Makawao at Longs Drug Store Kulamalu Center – Follow to Summit – Observe until  8:30 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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Tour Info

September 2017 Viewable Stars, Planets & Constellations:

Jupiter! Saturn!  Scorpio- Maui’s Fish Hook, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Cassiopeia, Hercules,  Summer Triangle – Vega, Deneb and Altair, Pegasus

September 1 – Hubble Space Telescope 8:27 PM rises in West

September 2  – Hubble 8:17 PM rises in West

September 3 – Hubble 8:07 PM rises in West

September 4 – Hubble 7:57 PM in West

September 5 – Full Moon

September 7 – Dark Skies return

September 12 – 3rd quarter Moon

September 19 – New Moon

September 22 – Fall Equinox

September 27 – 1st quarter Moon

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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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