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.

How Does the Sunset Tour Work?

  • Audio tour plays automatically as you drive - It does this by sensing your GPS location and then plays the audio at just the right time and place during your drive. It literally is like having a "digital" tour guide in your car with you!

  • Includes over 1.5 hours of audio or 62 triggering points of audio narration.

  • Driving directions -  Just listen up as the tour guide tells you where to go and where to turn for the entire tour.

  • Offline map - use this 100% offline map to find your way around the island.

  • Offline Audio Tour - Listen to a local tour guide tell about where to go and what to see. All downloaded to your phone.

Where does the Tour start and end for Sunset?

The tour starts on the Hana Highway just as you leave Kahului. From there it takes you on the Haleakala Highway up to the top of Haleakala Summit, stopping along the way for viewpoints and hikes. Once you reach the summit, stay for the sunset and stargazing after, before the tour returns the same way you came back down the road. There are a total of 11 stop along the drive today, just depends on what you are feeling like.

Where does the Sunset tour take me?

The tour will take you to the summit of Haleakala and back stopping at the following overlooks, pit stops, and towns along the way:

  • Pukalani Town

  • Upper Visitor’s Center

  • Sliding Sands Trails

  • Kalahaku Overlook

  • Leleiwi Overlook

  • Halemau’u Trail

  • Lower Visitor’s Center

  • Historic Makawao Town

How long will the tour take?

To drive the entire tour it takes about 2 hours but with all the viewpoints and optional hikes in between, plan on about 3-5 hours in total. Depending on when you leave, you may want to bring some snacks with you and then plan on eating lunch in Makawao town before heading up the mountain for the sunset.

What is the best plan to see the Sunset?

For a sunset trip, you will need to start driving in the afternoon. It takes an hour and a half to get to the summit from Kahului airport. From other popular resort areas, such as Kihei or Lahaina it takes two and a half hours. The sun sets at around 5:30pm in the winter and 7:00 or so in the summer, so you may need to plan your time accordingly. The views at sunset are stunning and well worth the effort. Besides, beats waking up for sunrise!

How much should i budget to spend on the Sunset tour?

Plan on spending $30 per car for admission to the park. This gets you a pass for 3 days in case you can’t take it all in in just one day. Besides that, you may want to bring some extra money to buy a souvenir at the gift shop and to buy some lunch or dinner at Makawao town at the end of the tour. Restaurant prices range from $10-$15 per person with a range of options you can find under highlights.

What should I bring for Sunset?

The place where you’re staying on Maui may be hot, but you’re traveling to a much higher elevation, where the average temperature is between 40 and 65 degrees. With the wind chill factored in, it can drop below freezing. Weather conditions are very unpredictable, so be prepared for sun, clouds or rain, or all three. That means bring a hat, jacket, sturdy shoes, and blankets if you have some. Also at such a high elevation you can get sunburned much faster so bring sunscreen.

Where to fill up Gas for Sunset?

Be sure and fill up your gas tank before you head up to Haleakala. The last gas station is 27 miles below the summit, at Pukalani. If you’re planning a sunrise trip, you’ll need to get gas the night before, as no gas stations will be open that early in the morning. You’ll also need to bring along food and drinking water, as there are no places to buy them once you enter the park

Does your tour recommend places to eat and rest?

Does your tour recommend places to eat and rest for Sunset tour?

Yes! This tour tells you everything you need to know to have a great time in Haleakala National Park. There are two visitor centers with restrooms and gift shops as well 3 viewpoints along the way that the tour takes you to on the way back down the mountain. Since there are no eating options within the park, the tour takes you to Makawao town at the end of the beginning of the tour has plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Where are the bathrooms for Sunset?

When nature calls, know where to go! Here is a list of the following restrooms options along the tour:

  • Pukalani Town - Starbucks, McDonalds

  • Upper Visitor’s Center - flushing

  • Kalahaku Overlook - pit

  • Leleiwi Overlook - pit

  • Halemau’u Trail - pit

  • Lower Visitor’s Center - flushing

  • Historic Makawao Town - flushing / outhouse

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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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