There is nothing quite like stargazing Big Island style. There is just something to be said about looking up at the night sky and witnessing a whole different world that is out of reach for us. When you quiet the noise from your busy day and take a few moments to study the sky, it is easy to be reminded how large the world really is. Looking to the night sky is an amazing way to simplify your life and take in a new perspective, even if for just a little while. And with one of the most world renowned astronomical sites here in Hawaii, the Big Island is an incredible place to experience the night sky.
Located at 13,796 feet above sea level high atop Maunakea, our astronomical site features 13 telescopes looking to the sky. As the tallest sea mountain in the world, Maunakea makes for an incredible stargazing experience for visitors and experts alike. The elevation provides a magical setting free from air pollution and light pollution. Lights from the hustle and bustle of the city do not interfere with the experience here, allowing you to see the true shine that the stars have to offer.
Although, a four wheel drive vehicle is recommended, you can experience the amazement on your own accord. But don’t forget that the high elevation gets chilly and you will want to dress for the occasion for maximum enjoyment. Or, check out a guided tour that takes care of the details like transportation, weather appropriate coats, as well as informative narratives that provide visitors with the knowledge of the historical significance of Maunakea. As you may know, Hawaii is full of amazing stories of history and culture that make the islands what they are today.
At 9,300 feet, you’ll find the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station. Open daily, summit tours are available as well as some excellent public stargazing. So if you aren’t able to make it to the top, you will still get to enjoy some incredible stargazing.
While 2017 may be the year of travel, it is also a year of some of the best stargazing. From meteor showers to eclipses, stargazers will delight in all that the night sky has to offer in such an amazing place like Hawaii. Click here for a schedule of night sky events that are to come all throughout the entire year. Planning your Hawaiian vacation around these events is a great way for serious stargazers and visitors alike to ensure unique and amazing experiences that you may not have otherwise. Plan your trip to the Big Island now.