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Hawaii Space Tours - 'From Hawaii to the Moon'
Aloha and welcome to the first and foremost space and lunar-themed expedition organization for the state and Island of Hawaii!
Hawaii Space Tours is making its world premiere at ILC2003 as a specially-crafted tour service dedicated to promoting Hawaii as a globally strategic setting for space and lunar science, commerce and tourism. It is the culmination of over 15 years of research by the Hawaii Island Space Exploration Society (HISES) on the feasibility of space tourism in Hawaii.

According to the ‘Pacific Aloha Feasibility Study’ (1993) and the ‘From Hawaii to the Moon Design Study Introduction’ (2001-2002) – both published by Space Age Publishing Company and HISES – the Big 'Space' Island of Hawaii is an ideal geographic, scientific and cultural destination for exploration of the stars, Moon and beyond. Here’s why:

  • Geographically, Hawaii’s central Pacific location serves as a natural bridge between western ‘information society’ countries and the space powers of Asia, including Russia, China, Japan and India, allowing same-day trans-Pacific business interactions. Hawaii is also the civilization closest to the world’s only equatorial, offshore, heavy-lift launch service, Sea Launch, 154° W. longitude due south near Christmas Island.
  • Scientifically, Hawaii boasts several world-class telescopes that are situated high above the clouds atop the 4,206 meter summit, diffuse atmosphere, of Mauna Kea, or ‘White Mountain.’ Each observatory is complemented by a ‘base station’ support facility in either Hilo or Waimea where scientists can safely engage in their research. Surrounding Mauna Kea are lunar-like lava fields and other off-worldly volcanic terrain that offer geologists, astronomers and astronauts-in-training an ambiance that encourages aspiration towards extraterrestrial science. At some 50% sea-level atmosphere, this is half way to the Moon!
  • Culturally, Hawaii is the universal center of ‘Aloha,’ the cornerstone of Hawaiian culture. Broadly defined, Aloha is ‘every greeting, every farewell and every form of honest love,’ the recognition of the humanity within each individual and their responsibility to society. Aloha is Hawaii’s most valuable gift to the modern world and perhaps the most important item to be taken on our 21st century journeys to the stars, planets and Moon.
Hawaii Island as seen from space

The ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii is centrally and strategically located in the mid-Pacific and facilitates real-time interaction between the spacefaring nations of America and Asia.

Photo of Hawaii Space Tours stop on lava fields

Hawaii Space Tours allows visitors to walk and safely explore lunar-live lava terrain and experience what Apollo astronauts achieved when they trained for their epochal voyages 40 years ago.

Photo of Smithsonian Sub-Millimeter array dishes

Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain from base to height and also home to the greatest complex of advanced astronomical telescopes on Earth. Above, a field of Smithsonian Sub-Millimeter array dishes awaits you…

‘From Hawaii to the Moon’ is our exciting flagship tour that will reveal and explore the potential of Hawaii as the space/lunar science and tourism destination of the 21st century. Join us and experience the center and apex of Earth-based astronomy, and the future training grounds for the next astronomical and possible human missions to the Moon, stars and beyond!
Wednesday 19 November ‘From Hawaii to the Moon’ Tour Schedule:
* 07:00 - Leave Marriott Outrigger Waikoloa
* 08:00 - Arrive Mauna Kea State Park / lava fields
*08:15 – 25-30 minutes at lava fields
* 08:45 – Leave for Onizuka Visitor Center
* 09:00 - Arrive Onizuka Visitor Center – 30 minutes to acclimate
* 09:30 – Leave OVC for summit – 30 minutes travel
* 10:00 – 1.5 hours at summit: view Smithsonian Sub-Millimeter Array, Keck, Gemini, Subaru, VLBA, CFHT, UH, NASA IRT
* 11:30 – Leave summit for OVC – 30 minutes travel
* 12:00 – Half hour lunch break at OVC
* 12:30 – Leave OVC for Hilo
* 13:30 – Arrive Hilo – 45 minutes Hilo astronomical facilities (Gemini, Subaru, UH IfA)
* 14:15 – Leave Hilo for Waimea – 1.25 hours travel time
* 15:30 – Arrive Waimea – 45 minutes in Waimea at Keck and CFHT facilities
* 16:15 – Leave Waimea for Waikoloa – 45 minutes travel time
* 17:00 – Arrive Waikoloa

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This page last updated 16 November 2003