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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Places to See the Stars on Maui

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Hyatt Tour of the Stars

Hyatt Tour of the Stars

Despite the name, this rooftop stargazing is more about Hokule‘a than anything to do with Hollywood. Regarded as Hawaii’s zenith star, when Hokule‘a twinkles directly overhead it signifies the latitude of Hawaii. Learn this and more from celestial experts on the nine-story rooftop of the Hyatt, where the 16’’ telescope “Great White” lets you stare into the depths of the heavens. For couples, Friday and Saturday nights mix cosmos with romance by adding strawberries and champagne.

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Kalahaku Overlook

Kalahaku Overlook

A Haleakala secret is that the evening stargazing is better than the morning sunrise. From the upper slopes of this dormant volcano, the Milky Way stretches like a celestial zipper connecting two gaping sides of the sky, and there are enough shooting stars racing across the darkness that you might even run out of wishes. At 9,300 feet, Kalahaku Overlook offers a dark and private corner, as well as the best view when a rising moon illuminates the crater floor. Just remember to bring a jacket!  

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Lipoa Point

Lipoa Point

In West Maui’s agricultural heyday, this rugged, volcanic, panoramic headland was completely blanketed in pineapples. Today, thanks to local conservation efforts that halted proposed developments, a blanket of stars still canvasses the sky above historic Honolua Bay. Watch the sun gradually set over the knife-thin ridges of Moloka‘i, and lay a blanket on the hood of the car for a private celestial theater. 

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Honomanu Bay

Honomanu Bay

Set along the world famous Road to Hana, the jet-black sands of Honomanu Bay are a mirror of the inky black sky. Taro-lined Ke‘anae—the nearest town—houses a scant 200 people, and while sightseers crowd the beach by day, the occasional fisherman and the crashing surf are the only nighttime companions. 

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Star Lookout

Star Lookout

The Pleiades meet pastureland at this rustic cabin in rural Keokea. Squired away on a country road at 2,900 ft. elevation, this is the perfect spot for sipping hot chocolates on from the privacy of a wraparound deck. No neighbors. No lights. No sounds. No problem.


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Star Lookout
Kula, HI 96790, United States
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Honomanu Bay
Mile marker 14, road to Hana, HI, United States
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Lipoa Point
Lipoa Point, Kapalua, HI 96761, United States
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Kula, HI 96790, United States
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