The Hyatt Regency in Maui is a monster of a hotel with many pools, hundreds of rooms and a variety of restaurants. I remembered that when I was a kid, I went onto the roof of the hotel and did some stargazing from their heli-pad.
So this time around, I phoned up the Hyatt Regency and asked them if they still offered this service and to my surprise they do. They said that it has been a program they have offered for 25 years, started by original owner of the hotel who was an amateur astronomer.
The Hyatt now has three incredible telescopes for guests to use. They seriously look like weapons, they are that big! I was extremely impressed when the astronomer showed me Saturn, and it really looks as it does in the pictures, like a giant ball with a ring around it.
If you like looking at stars (and who doesn't in Hawaii) you must go to the roof of the Hyatt Regency and take one of their Tour of the Stars!
Rates for the stargazing programs, held at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm nightly, start at $25. But the viewings are also open to non-guests for $30. Read more here about the Hyatt Regency Maui's Director of Astronomy!
[Photo: Amity Mason for Hyatt]