The Hawaiian Islands
Although not part of the contiguous US, the Hawaiian Islands offer some of the most astounding stargazing opportunities in the world. Strung along in the Pacific Ocean, the archipelago provides countless jaw-dropping views of the twinkling night sky. Maunakea (or Mauna Kea) is a dormant volcano on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, measuring more than 33,500 feet. It’s also home to the world’s largest research observatories, including more than a dozen massive telescopes—although extremely controversial due to their cultural and ecological impact. Instead, book a stay at Montage Kapalua Bay, set along the picturesque waters of Namalu Bay and located on the northwestern edge of Maui. The resort is slated to resume its Celestial Navigation program this summer, led by a Polynesian celestial navigator from Maui’s Voyaging Society.
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