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Stargazing on the Island of Hawaii

The stars play an outsize role in the history of Hawaii, both as navigational wayfinders for our early explorers and as a realm of the gods in Hawaiian culture. Today, Maunakea is home to the largest astronomical observatory on the planet, where massive telescopes are watching the heavens and making discoveries beyond our imagination. 

Here, on the tallest sea mountain in the world, scientists and visitors alike are treated to a show few have experienced. Thanks to the clear air and minimal light pollution at this elevation, the stars can light the sky like glitter. Guided stargazing tours provide transportation, warm parkas and access to the summit. For those who want to venture on their own, the Maunakea Visitor Information Station offers free stargazing programs throughout the year. (NOTE: Stargazing programs are suspended through June 2019 due to an infrastructure project at the VIS.) Before visiting, check with your rental car company to see if travel to Maunakea is allowed. Visitors should also familiarize themselves with safety precautions before traveling to upslope Maunakea, as the high altitude can be a serious health hazard for some. 

You can also study the stars from sea level at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. This magnificent facility, which is housed beneath three striking titanium cones representing volcanoes, offers daily planetarium shows, astronomy talks and special programs offering perspectives on Maunakea’s historical, cultural and scientific significance.

Stargazing on the Island of Hawaii

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Taikobo Hawaii
73-5576 Kauhola St. #2
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Taikobo is a family of businesses offering the best Japanese language sunset and star-gazing tours on the Big Island & Maui, Kilauea Tours. We also offer online activity desk and vacation rental of our Taikobo house.

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