Stargazing Cruise Scheduled During ‘Dark of the Moon’

June 25, 2014, 11:00 AM HST · Updated June 25, 11:42 AM

Photo by Vanessa Wolf

Photo by Vanessa Wolf/

By Maui Now Staff

If you’re looking for something new to try, the Pacific Whale Foundation offers a monthly stargazing cruise timed to coincide with the best viewing conditions.

This Sunday, June 29 is a new moon or “dark of the moon” when the maximum number of stars and planets are usually visible.

Ergo, it’s cruising time.


This month’s voyage sets sail from Lahaina at 8 p.m. and the special guest narrator is Harriet Witt, an “international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars.”

Promoters note her writing has been featured in publications including Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha.

In addition to boning up on your astronomy knowledge, the cruise includes:

  • Unlimited juices and soda
  • Up to three alcoholic beverages (locally brewed Maui Brewing Co. beer,  red and white wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks) for adults 21 and over.

Appetizers and desserts including:

  • Platter of Chimichurri-Tossed Char-Grilled Vegetables
  • Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus
  • Assorted Tropical Fruit and Artisan Cheese Platter
  • Trio of House Made Chips (Molokai Sweet Potato, Corn Tortilla, Russet Potato)
  • Curried Chicken Wrap with Garden Vegetables and Haiku Greens
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Coconut Haupia over Chocolate Cookie Crust

The cruise departs from Lahaina Harbor on Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m. and tickets are $59.95 per person.



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