Puʻuʻulaʻula (Red Hill) Overlook
Congratulations! The 37-mile drive from sea level to the 10,023ft summit of Haleakalā you’ve just completed is the highest elevation...
The iron-rich cinders in this flat-top hill, which lies immediately southeast of the summit building, in the direction of the Big...
This otherworldly trail, which rides the precipitous crater-dotted spine of Haleakalā, begins just beyond Haleakalā’s summit at a lofty...
Science City information
On the Big Island’s Mauna Kea, scientists study the night sky. Here at Haleakalā, appropriately enough, they study the sun. Science City, just beyond the summit, is off-limits to visitors. It’s under the jurisdiction of the University of Hawaiʻi, which owns some of the domes and leases other land for a variety of private and government research projects.
Department of Defense–related projects here include laser technology associated with the ‘Star Wars’ project, satellite tracking and identification, and a deep-space surveillance system. The Air Force’s Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS), an electro-optical state-of-the-art facility used for satellite tracking, is the largest telescope anywhere in use by the Department of Defense. The system is capable of identifying a basketball-size object in space 22,000 miles away.
The Faulkes Telescope, a joint University of Hawaiʻi and UK operation, is dedicated to raising students’ interest in astronomy, with a fully robotic telescope that can be controlled in real time via the internet from classrooms in both Britain and Hawaii.