Instructions for Haleakala Sunset and Stargazing Tour

Please NOTE: Maui Astronomy Tours does not provide transportation.
Please utilize your own vehicle to meet with astronomy guide.

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 50% refund will be issued.

WHERE TO MEET:

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Please meet me at the Longs Drug Store in Makawao.  Sunset times change throughout the year.  We meet 2.5 hours before sunset.

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Meeting Times:

4:15 PM (June – August)

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM (FebruaryMay) 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM (September  – January)

Longs Drug Store Address: 55 Kiopaa St., Makawao 96768 

Turn right on Aapueo Prkwy, make next left then another left into Kiopaa parking area

Look for the green Subaru with door magnets….that’s me!

***Here, I will have you sign a waiver, make payment if needed and go over health safety and park rules.***

Longs is about 55 minutes away from the summit. You will follow me up the mountain. Please remember to fuel your car. Park fee included with tour.

SAFETY:

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science centerDO NOT SCUBA DIVE THE DAY BEFORE YOUR STARGAZING TOUR.
(This can cause extreme altitude sickness)

People with health issues (i.e. pacemakers, diabetes, pregnancy, heart disease, lung disease) please contact your doctor for risk assessment.

It is very important to respect Haleakala’s endangered species and trash-free environment.

No smoking or alcohol during astronomy tour.

WEATHER:

Just remember……You can’t dress warm enough!!

Bring layers, CLOSED, COMFORTABLE SHOES and blankets/towels from your hotel.

Maui Astronomy Tours will provide heavy coats, gloves and hats.

The weather can change suddenly so we must be vigilant for our safety and comfort.

***I will contact you the day of your star tour by 1:00pm for a weather update.***

There are no tours if winds are more than 22mph or if there are clouds or rain.

OBSERVING PLAN:

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unnamed-2You will follow me in your vehicle to the summit of Haleakala.

Here we can watch the most spectacular sunset! After sunset, I will set up my telescope for observing. I also point out stars, planets and constellations with a green laser.

We can observe until 9pm or so. If you have any requests of objects to see, please feel free to email me your list.

PAYMENT:

Payment can be made in advance by using the website booking calendar.
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CANCELLATION POLICY:  

If you can not make your tour, a 24 hour cancellation is required.

If weather is inclement on the summit on the day of your tour, tour will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.

If weather turns bad while on Haleakala, a partial refund will be issued.

Please contact Becky if you have an questions.

EXTRAS:

Organic snacks and water are provided.

Bring your own snack too if you choose.

DRIVING to LONGS DRUG STORE:

Go to website under INFORMATION for driving times and directions.

Longs Drug Store Makawao is approximately 55 minutes from Haleakala Summit.

Depending where you are staying…….
Lahaina = 1.25 hours drive to Longs.
Kihei and Wailea = just under 1 hour to Longs.
Wailuku and Kahului = 40 minutes.
Hana = 3+ hour drive to Longs.

Please call 808-868-6020, text or email me if you have any questions. I’m happy to help.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing the wonder of Maui’s awesome night sky.