IfA Haleakala Observatory


Latitude: 20.71552 Longitude: -156.169 Altitude 10,000

Haleakala Observatory is one of the most important observing sites in the world. Lying above the tropical inversion layer it experiences superb seeing conditions and dominant clear skies. The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy has managed this site for over 4 decades as a location for conducting dedicated astrophysical experiments. In most cases these are programs that could not be conducted anywhere else on Earth. Currently we have partners from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Pan-STARRS consortium, Space Telescope Science Institute, Tohoku University in Japan, the Air Force and others working with us on the summit.

Visiting Haleakala

The observatories are not open to the public.
Please refer to the Haleakala National Park web site for information about Haleakala.

Map of the Summit

Haleakalā: Sense of Place

Film features:
Nainoa Thompson
Kumu Charles
Kahuluwehi Maxwell
Charles Kaupu
Hokulani Holt
Kaleikoa Ka’eo
Biologist Art Medeiros and others.

Music by:
Barry Flanagan
Gabby Pahunu
Kevin and Ikaika Brown

Haleakala : House of the Sun

A Sense of Place
Cultural Overview

Institute for Astronomy

We are one of the largest university astronomy programs in the world.