Star Gaze Hawaii
Star Gaze Hawaii
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Star Gaze Hawaii invites you to indulge your imagination and stand in wonder during a stargazing experience at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Personally, see the cosmos up close while learning from a talented astronomer and learning star lore and science. It’s stargazing without limits! No long, bumpy drive up the mountain, no high altitude or oxygen issues -- just put on your shorts and aloha shirt, grab your whole family and enjoy the stars.
Kealakekua, Hawaii

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Anntmo
Missouri83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We attended the stargazing at the Westin and found it an easy trip from the Hilton, where we were staying. Although I agree with others that I would have liked more of an "introduction," we enjoyed looking through the two telescopes and having stars pointed out with a laser. We never felt rushed even though there were many people in attendance that night. The hour passed very quickly.
Written January 7, 2020
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Glad you had a great experience! Our tourists are never rushed and can look through the telescope for as long as they wish. Hope to see you again soon! -Wayne, Owner
Written January 9, 2020
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Stay45572005946
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Wayne and his wife are awesome. Great telescopes. Very clear visuals, informative sessions. They actually seemed to like probing, detailed questions (most touristy service providers stick to standard, Cannes answers). Very easy to get to, so great for families with kids.

Loved it.
Written December 30, 2020
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Aloha, Inquiring minds require thoughtful answers. Canned responses do not exist in our repertoire. We know our subject matter and will adapt our explanations to the moment. We love thinking up new analogies to make things understandable to various levels. If you ask a technical question, we should respond in kind. More general inquiries need a less technical explanation. We are open to challenges. Mahalo!
Written April 8, 2021
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kibo1224
Pleasanton, CA267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Took my star loving stepson to Star Gaze Hawaii at the Hapuna Hotel. Activities on the Big Island are ridiculously overpriced, but this one is reasonable. Wayne and his wife are great. Friendly, informative and knowledgeable. The only reason I rated 4-stars is because the conditions weren't ideal for stargazing, which really killed the "wow" factor. The moon was bright on the night we went and really drowned out much of the stars we were looking at. Wayne showed us pictures of what we were looking at (photos that he took under ideal conditions), and what we saw through the telescope didn't really compare. Still a nice activity, but best done when the moon isn't bright.
Written January 15, 2020
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In this case, the moon is not your friend. We're glad you both had a good time, however, space has its way. Hope you'll star gaze with us another time! Mahalo, Wayne, Owner
Written January 21, 2020
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A2330GFmark
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
As luck would have it we go to be in HI during this. Mother nature cooperated and gave us a beautiful clear night. The staff was professional. They had a great amount of knowledge to share. I am sure during normall times this is a great activity. I would have like to see more organization as far as social distancing policys. It was uncomfortable with the 20-30 people going from one telesope to the other and having to stand in a line that the attendees managed themselves as far a social distancing which did not happen. An additional person to remind/police attendees to keep apart is needed for the time being. The two astronomers are busy helping guest and were not able to pay attention to this detail. It would have made us enjoy the experience even more.
Written December 31, 2020
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Aloha, Yes, COVID-19 is a new experience for us all. We are limiting our future sessions to smaller groups. This is an outdoor activity under the open sky. We do require masks, hand sanitation, and social distancing. In the dark, we cannot see everybody at all times. Most of the time we are looking up at the stars, pointing out things with our lasers. Our short-hour activity is filled with operating the telescope, showing pictures and diagrams on our iPad, and lecturing. At this time we are adapting to the realities of the pandemic. Thank you for the valuable feedback. We will strive to improve. Mahalo!
Written April 8, 2021
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Syneva
San Luis Obispo, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Awesome experience! It started out cloudy on the day of our appointment but the company was great with communication and decided to push through with the evening. I was nervous because it was cloudy when we arrived. We got a short informative lecture with images on a screen. 20 minutes in the sky opened up! There were 3 astronomers and 3 telescopes! This allowed everyone to rotate through each telescope so we got to see so many things! Each telescope had an iPad with a jpeg of what we were looking at so we knew what to look for in the telescopes. They were very knowledgeable and friendly and even went on past the end time to show us more stuff. I definitely recommend!! Make sure you give yourself time to find the spot, we got a little confused getting there.
Written June 15, 2021
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Our stargazing location is dark and off the beaten path. The views that we provide are your reward for finding us. We send out an email with a map of our location on the day of a session. On a cellphone screen, that may be hard to follow. The majority of our customers find us in spite of the Hawaiian place names that can be confusing. This is our 29th year in business, and our expertise shows. I am happy that you found our approach effective and entertaining. Mahalo!
Written June 16, 2021
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Californiasurfpoodle
Ventura, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We have been vacationing in Kona for many years now. I told my husband that this time around I wanted to do something other than the “regular” tourist options.

We both thought that star gazing with Star Gaze Hawaii would fit the bill. And boy did it! We both agreed that we would do it again in a heart beat.

Wayne did a fantastic job of answering all our questions about the night sky. While he was talking, his assistant, positioned the really large telescope to show us amazing features in the February sky.

The night we went was a little overcast with a light wind. We were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to see enough to make this worth our time or the money. Nothing could be further from the truth. If a cloud obscured one celestial body we were gazing at, Wayne’s wife? assistant, would very adeptly reposition the telescope to view some other star or cluster or planet.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Wayne is an absolute fountain of education and knowledge. And not just about astronomy either. I feel I got as much, if not more, from the conversation with the people attending our viewing as from the actual star gazing.

His wife seemed to know as much as Wayne about all things heavenly. She just kept a lower profile, making sure everyone got their turn to look at the next object in the night sky. No one was hurried along. You got to look as long as you wanted through the telescope.

What an amazing universe we live in! Go on a star gazing adventure with this company to see just some of the things that make it so amazing!
Written February 4, 2022
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Our mission is to bring the Universe into your mind's grasp. I try to explain Physics and Cosmology in ways that bring everything down to Earth. We enjoy answering questions about Astronomy. Mahalo!
Written March 11, 2022
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wdl
Sunnyvale, CA540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We decided not to take the mauna kea sunset and stargazing tour, but we still wanted to do some stargazing, as hawaii is an excellent place to see the milky way. So we found this tour, which come highly recommended. It was as expected, and we pretty much saw all the pictures they posted in their websites, including a photo of Saturn with its rings. That was the "star" of the night. These are amateur astronomers vary passionate with what they do. To view Saturn, they switched to a special very expensive lens for planetary viewing. It was really worth it.

Oh, and in the mean time, I learned where Sagitarious is, trying to shoot Scorpion, which tail extends into Maui's hook. And yeah we saw the milky way. We also sighted three orbiting satelites and several falling stars.

They do that in the parking lot of the Hapuna beach resort (one of them, booked for that matter, security guards know about that. You will receive your instructions after you book it. It was well worht it.
Written August 19, 2022
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Astronomy is an enjoyable hobby for all. Our staff has decades of experience using telescopes in a public setting. We know what people want to see and what questions to expect. We do our homework and are prepared to answer most questions. Our technology is current to reveal stunning images of deep space. Our customers view at a comfortable temperature with abundant oxygen in a dark venue that allows viewing the Milky Way with the naked eye.
Written August 23, 2022
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stevemhe
Burbank, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We had no idea what we'd signed up for when we went to Star Gaze Hawaii. When we got to the location, we were thrilled to find out it was an isolated but safe spot and the group was very small. Wayne is an expert astronomer and fascinating guide, who understands and explains in an engaging way what we're seeing and why. His wife is an ace at placing the telescope so we saw things we've never seen before. It was casual, awesome, and informative -- and we'd recommend it to anyone!
Written May 17, 2023
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Hawaii can seasonally see the Southern Cross, Alpha Centauri, and 80% of the southern hemisphere's sky and 100% of the northern sky. Stargazing in Hawaii will open your eyes and satisfy any stargazer's imagination.
Written May 28, 2023
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497akw
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
What a great experience! I booked this star gazing event for my family (kids ages 11-18 and adults 40-80 :-) it was a great activity for everyone. Everyone left saying, “Wow! That was really cool!” We all enjoyed the interesting stories that the hosts told and were amazed at the stars and formations that we got to see. I highly recommend booking this for your family.
Thank you for an awesome star gazing evening!!
Written July 3, 2021
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Star Gaze Hawaii is aimed at family-friendly stargazing. We try to bring the Universe down to earth. Astronomy is a visual experience, and we have diagrams and pictures on our iPad to help to explain topics. We are pleased that we could communicate our views of the Universe to such a wide audience.
Written July 30, 2021
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dgkile
Myrtle Beach, SC1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
It seemed like such an adventure to learn from a highly educated and experienced astronomer. Using his high-powered telescopes and lenses, we were able to see (once the clouds parted occasionally) various stars and planets quite clearly. But it’s ridiculous to charge people, most of us older, to stand up in a paved yet uneven parking lot, looking up, in the dark, AND NOT PROVIDE CHAIRS!! Total ripoff for $55 each, couldn’t stand up anymore so we left early. Thank goodness we were staying at the hotel so didn’t also incur cost of Uber. We do NOT recommend. Just put a couple of folding chairs in that van and up your game.
Written September 15, 2022
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Our stargazing format does not allow chairs. Participants are in a queue and looking through the eyepiece as we lecture the group about whatever is in view. There is no time to sit and watch, or you will lose your place in line. We aim to see about a dozen objects or more in one hour. Seated astronomy would prevent putting your eye on the telescope eyepiece and require a video projector, screen, and chairs for everybody. Most people want a live view and not a video screen. People tend not to believe a video is live or authentic - and low-light video technology shows a false version of the sky with unnatural colors and contrast. Making a video presentation would add cost and remove the intimacy of a live image in your eye. A video presentation will destroy the darkness at stargazing and prevent the naked eye view of the stars and Milky Way. We will add a note to our website explaining that our stargazing style requires standing up for one hour and walking between up to three telescopes.
Written September 18, 2022
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