One consequence of being the most remote island chain in the world is that Hawaii has clarity of air found in few places on the planet. This, combined with light pollution restrictions, makes Hawaii one of the best spots in the world for astronomical observatories. Visit the summit of either Haleakala or Mauna Kea to see cutting-edge telescopes that study the sun, asteroids, black holes, and even the origins of the universe. Check with your hotel concierge for tours to the summits, visit www.ifa.hawaii.edu/specialevents for events hosted by the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, or simply grab a blanket and drive to any location away from city lights, lie back, and enjoy some of the best stargazing you'll find anywhere.
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