Dark Sky Parks in HI

List of darkest places in Hawaii for stargazing, astrophotography, star parties, and club events. Often these are national and state parks and forests that are either remote or "protected" against light pollution.

National parks often let you stay overnight under the stars, hence their motto - "Half the park is after dark".

The IDA column indicates if a site is IDA-certified. Bortle scale for sites is given where known. Also use your local astronomy club for guidance as they will know the darkest places.

NAME BORTLE
Ha'ena State Park 2
Haleakala National Park 2
Hanauma Bay
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kalahaku Overlook
Kau Forest Reserve 2
Kaumahina State Wayside 2
Koke'e State Park 2
Manuka State Park 1
Mauna Kea 1
Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve 2
Pala'au State Park 2
Polihale State Park 2-3
Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area 2
Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside 2
Wai'anapanapa State Park 2
Wailua Valley State Wayside 2
Waimea Canyon State Park 2


Light Pollution Map w/ Bortle

On the left is a 2019 satellite image of HI showing light pollution from the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. On the right is a 2015 light pollution map showing sky brightness at the zenith from World Atlas data. Colors correspond approximately to the Bortle scale. Use as a guide to find the darkest sky locations near you.

HI night sky light pollution map