Big Island Activities?

Aug 11th, 2009, 06:36 AM
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Do I understand it correctly, that no one watches the stars from the summit, that all groups stargaze from the visitors center? Why go up to the summit?
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Aug 11th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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Thanks, kgh8m. I've done some research on the tours and had decided on this same company. Planning on waiting til we're there to book so hoping that will work mid-Jan. Can't wait!
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Aug 11th, 2009, 09:08 AM
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g_m_s_l, there is a program at the Fairmont for stargazing which includes gifts for kids.

"Every Friday night on the Pool Deck, learn from local astronomer Wayne Fukunaga and his Star Gaze Hawaii team alongside crew members of the Hawaiian outrigger voyaging canoe Makali'i who will use Celestron 11 telescopes, powerful lasers accompanied by commentary, star lore and first-hand night sailing experiences to discover how the Polynesians found their way across the vast Pacific Ocean. Fridays on the Pool Deck, 7:30-8:30pm $30 adults, $15 children ages 5-11 (4 and under complimentary). Includes gift packet for adults with star map, selected object list with color photos, astronomy postcards, astronomy fact booklet and a red LED light. Children's gift (5-11 yrs) includes star map, coloring booklet, crayons and activity sheet. For reservations, contact the Concierge at 808-887-7368 or via email."

Now, one problem has been the vog, which has affected the star-gazing from the Kohala resorts, so if it is overcast, the viewing will be compromised.

There is also a new astronomy center in Hilo which your kids might like.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 12:52 PM
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Reply to Sylvia3,
Yes, the gazing for most tourists occurs at the Visitor Center.

On weekends a tour including entry into an observatory may be possible provided you supply the 4WD to reach the summit.
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