Maui

SUNSET AND STARGAZING HALEAKALA TOUR

Description

A sunset atop Haleakala — known as house of the sun in Hawaiian — is pure magic. You’ll be walking on sunshine, that is of course until the stars come out. Then, weather permitting, you’ll behold some of the best stargazing in the world. You'll be so close to the stars you'll swear you can touch them!

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Watch the sunset atop Mt. Haleakala
•⁠ Look for constellations at Haleakala's summit
•⁠ Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails
•⁠ Visit a lavender or dairy farm
•⁠ Walk through historic Makawao Town

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Around 12:00 p.m. (check sunset times in advance)
Tour Starting Point(s): Kahului
Direction: Loop, ending where you began — all stops are on your way up the mountain

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Half-Day Tour (4-6 Hours) 68 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Highlights

  • Best Viewpoints

  • Fun Mini-Hikes

  • Pukalani Pit Stop

  • Upcountry Farms & Gardens

  • Makawao Town

  • Restrooms

Video

SUNSET AND STARGAZING HALEAKALA TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Download tour over WiFi before you go!!

This is an important reminder to make sure you download the tour over WiFi before you start driving. Since everything works offline, the app downloads the audio content to your phone, and the download size can range from 60mb - 120mb. Because of this it is ideal to download the tour over a Wifi network with good speed. Otherwise you may have to wait for a long time for it to download. If you choose to download the tour using your Data, then you will need to make sure your speed is at least “LTE”.  Anything less like 3G speeds will create problems and long wait times downloading the tour. 

So word to the wise: download over Wifi at your hotel or condo before starting your driving tour! You will be glad you did! 

Also, it is important to leave the Shaka Guide on your screen as it is downloading. The offline map does not download if you go to a different app. 

If you are having trouble getting the tours to download please email or call this support phone number: 1-888-250-2261, aloha@shakaguide.com  we will be glad to help! 

How to play the audio through the car stereo?


The best way to make sure that everyone in the car can hear the tour nice and loud is to play the audio tour through the car stereo. Make sure one of these methods works before leaving the car rental lot. Rental Agents will willingly change your car if the car stereo does cannot play from your phone.

Depending on which rental car you have, this can be done in one of three ways:


1)  Audio Aux Jack

Many rental cars have an audio auxiliary jack. This slot in the cars looks just like something you would plug your headphones into. But in order to play your phone’s audio through the car speaker you need an auxiliary jack with two male ends: one plugs into your phone, the other plugs into the car. You can adjust volume from both the car radio and the phone’s volume.

If you do not have an audio aux jack, try the following methods.


2)  USB Cable

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you are able to sync your phone’s audio through a USB cable, that is also charging your phone at the same time. You can usually find a USB plug somewhere near the driver’s seat. The most likely place to find it is in the middle glove compartment, on the car dash or near the audio control panel.

  1. Connect the USB to car stereo

  2. From car stereo, select “media player” or find the name of your device.

  3. Look for signs of connectivity through the display on your car dash.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

- USB still not playing audio?

Try some of the following, testing the audio after each attempt

  • Restart your device and restart your car.

  • Connect your device to a different stereo USB port (if you have one).

  • Try a different USB cable.

  • Update your device firmware.

  • Try playing audio from a different app to see if any audio will play.

If still not working then try the other methods.

NOTE: Playing audio through the USB cable in many types of older rental cars tends to not work for reasons related to a damaged USB port or car’s stereo firmware.


3)  Bluetooth

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you can sync your phone’s audio through a bluetooth connection. Here are the steps:

  1. First go to your phone’s bluetooth and turn it on.

  2. Then in your rental car, use your car’s dash (often the radio) to activate bluetooth connection of the car.

  3. When you see your phone, select it to complete the bluetooth connection.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

If you run into problems with your rental car, it’s best to refer to the car’s user manual or ask a car rental representative to help you. Every car make and model handles bluetooth differently, and not every rental car has bluetooth.

Bluetooth still not working?  

Try some of the following to troubleshoot:

  • Restart your device

  • Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned to ON (check your settings)

  • Unpair both your device and car stereo from each other, restart your car, and then try to pair and connect your device again.

NOTE: In some older rental cars bluetooth appears to be connected but still doesn't play audio. Again, likely something not working with the car's bluetooth system. Try other methods.


Still can’t get audio to play through the car stereo?

Just use your device’s built in speakers and turn the volume up as loud as you can. This may require disconnecting your USB cable from the Car Stereo.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Where does the tour go?

This tour begins in Kahului and guides you through the park making stops along the way. Once you’ve reached the summit we’ll guide you back to Kahului with stories. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour!

  • Makawao Town
  • Hosmer Grove Trail 
  • Pa Ka’oao Trail 
  • Sliding Sands Trails
  • Kalahaku Overlook
  • Leleiwi Overlook
  • Halemau’u Trail
  • Historic Makawao Town

For help planning your day check out our Sunset and Stargazing Haleakala National Park suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app!


What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (temperatures fluctuate throughout the park, but at night temperatures drop drastically) 
  • Water (make sure you stay hydrated as you change altitudes) 
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen (you'll be closer to the sun!) 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks (there’s no place to buy snacks in the park) 
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)

How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $9.99: Shaka Guide’s Sunset & Stargazing Haleakala National Park Tour
  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park entry (cash or credit)
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch/snacks


Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, the tour starts and ends in Kahului. If you’d like to begin this tour at Haleakala National Park you can join the tour along the route, but you’ll miss out on some stories.

What time is the sunset?

It depends on the time of year, but sunset in the winter (October-March) is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. and in the summer (April-September) it’s between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. We recommend you double check the night before your visit.

Please note, if you’re staying in West Maui at one of the resorts in Lahaina, Kaanapali or Kapalua it takes about 45 minutes to reach the start of the tour in Kahului and then, depending on the stops you make, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach the summit. This tour is designed with no stops on the way back with the expectation you’ll be driving at night.


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maikaʻi loa (excellent)!

Hamptons Critic | June 2020
Loved having this very timely narration, GPS, and great Oahu information at a very fair app price. Wish I had this for other road trips that I’ve gone on.

So helpful and interesting!

Daddy_48 | June 2020
A VP at work learned I was going to Hawaii and highly recommend Shaka Guide. I read Hawaii travel reviews, but I didn’t have the confidence that I had a thorough plan so I gave it a shot. This is the best app I’ve ever used. It took me a little getting used to at first, but after the initial orientation, it was so simple and helpful. I downloaded 2 tours and that gave me 4 days of fun! The guides cover major stops with bonus gems, plus included a lot of background and history of the island. There were stops and recommendations that I hadn’t seen on travel sites that made the trip special. This app will save you hours of planning and put you on your way to a fun-packed vacation. I can’t recommend Shaka Guide enough.

Super helpful!

carolombia93 | June 2020
This was the perfect outline for our trip. We skipped the stops we weren’t interested in but for the most part, this tour pretty much covered all our items on our list. Good parking tips and suggestions for each stop.
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