Haleakalā Observatory
Message from Tripadvisor
Temporarily closed until further notice

Haleakalā Observatory

Haleakalā Observatory
4.5
Temporarily closedClosed until further notice
About
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Haleakalā Observatory and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles19 reviews
Excellent
11
Very good
7
Average
1
Poor
0
Terrible
0

hotarujay
Louisville, KY100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Make sure to rent a smaller car. If you afraid of heights make sure bring somebody who is not afraid of heights. It’s very steep and narrow to drive up the hill. We almost died many times. Drive slow and pay attention. But after all of the long drive it is all worth it!
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This was very informative and helped put things in perspective. So glad they're there, also, out of the wind.
Written 1 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory Site, on mount Haleakalā is only open to the public by appointment only, it's Hawaii's first astronomical research observatory.
The Observatory twin 10-meter Keck Observatory telescopes are not part of the Haleakala National Park system, and if you do obtain an appointment, leave your car in the haleakala car park as the road up to the Observatory is cinder and only accessible to 4x4 vehicles in good weather.
Early mornings and late evenings we recommend that you bring a sweater or in winter a coat as it does get cold and windy at this high altitude, also if you are going to stargaze, something to sit would also be nice.
The sun sets at about 5:30 p.m. in the winter and 7:00 p.m. in the summer, but the park is very busy early in the morning with tourist coming to see the sun rise, and appointments are needed for that. To view the stars, you need to wait till about an hour after sunset.

TIP: To obtain a ticket for the Haleakala car park, you need to book two to three
months in advance, they do not deal with drive ups.
I would appreciate a thumbs up below if you found this review informative.
Thank you
Written 25 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

roj1281
Houston, TX524 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
You can see the observatory from Haleakala Summit and visitor center but you cannot visit it or view anything in the telescopes. Not much of a tourist attraction as it is just a fixture. This is however a great spot to watch the night sky!
Written 22 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Takemeaway2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Bring a sweater and winter coats do not underestimate the weather on top. You will freeze I guaranteed!! Also a portable seat.
Written 27 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SerenityNow2
Pennsylvania52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Loved seeing this at the top of Haleakala. I wish we could go in there but I guess it’s not allowed.
Written 27 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MBMVWA
Seattle, WA589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Out of this world sunset views!!!!!!!!!! We left Wailea about 1 hour before sunset (I'd advise leaving 1.5 hours) and made it just in time for the sunset. For me the windy roads were fun to drive!! My friends enjoyed the view going up but I had to pay attention to the road, Once on top of the mountain, the views were amazing!!!! to the west, a beautiful and colorful sunset, to the east, a beautiful moonrise. Don't miss out on this view. Do take heed to dress warm. It may be 88 degrees at the beach, but it was 44 degrees at the top with about a 25 mph wind. We knew better, but in shorts and a hoody, we saw everything we wanted to see and took lots of pictures! We had our National Pass ready, but the toll booth was closed when we went by.
Written 14 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Although you can't walking and look through a telescope it is worth going to the observatories to see what is being done there. There is a informational sign to tell you about the telescopes. The place is great when there is no clouds but the clouds give you some interesting features to the mountain.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SMO2015
Canada1,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
As part of our 3 days pass, my husband and I visited the Observatory at the summit. Informative and fantastic view.
Written 7 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ikechukwu
Lagos, Nigeria96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Getting the the observatory after a long upward, winding drive felt like a feat. The drastic weather change for me was welcome as it added to my feeling of achievement. From the observatory we could catch a glimpse of the Big Island in the distance. The view of the surroundings from the observatory was breath taking. It is also rich in information native to Haleakala which i found quite interesting too
Written 24 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 18
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

HALEAKALĀ OBSERVATORY (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All things to do in Haleakala National Park
FlightsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire