LAHAINA, HI – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is proud to announce the unveiling of a brand new high-tech telescope for the resort’s unique cosmic experience, Tour of the Stars. Beginning this month, resort guests will be able to view Hawaii’s celestial skies with the new Celestron high-definition 14-inch aplanic telescope, Hawaii’s only recreational HD telescope. Guests of the Tour of the Stars will enjoy better views, greater clarity, and more photography opportunities from the state-of-the art equipment. Local Maui schoolchildren will benefit, as Hyatt Regency Maui donates the “Great White” to Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina in a special celebration in late June.

The largest in its class, Hyatt’s new Celestron CGE PRO 1400 HD computerized telescope provides an infinitely superior flat clear image, ensuring improved image quality and excellent astrophotography opportunities. “It’s very rare for people to have access to this kind of cutting-edge telescope,” says Edward J. Mahoney (“Eddie”), the resort’s Director of Astronomy and NASA Solar System Ambassador. “This new telescope will enhance the overall experience of the resort’s Tour of the Stars by giving guests access to unique, crystal clear celestial observations.

With the new telescope, Mahoney will lead more entrancing astronomy tours along with special star-parties in conjunction with notable celestial activities. Stargazers will have the chance to view little-seen constellations and take close-up photos of the moon’s surface, while learning intriguing stories of ancient Polynesian way-finding and constellation myths. The hour long Tour of the Stars program is offered nightly at 8:00pm, 9:00pm, and 10:00pm; price is $25 per person for adults, $15/per person for children. A special romance-inspiring, couples-only Romance Tour of the Stars at 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday includes champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Concluding five years of dedicated use, Hyatt Regency Maui will present the Meade 16-inch reflector, “Great White,” which continues to offer excellent image quality, to Sacred Hearts School. Currently a teacher of science enrichment classes at the school, Mahoney will be able to develop an Astronomy Club and to host stargazing parties among the students once or twice a month with “Great White.” “We’re grateful to Hyatt Regency Maui for their incredible generosity,”remarks Susan Hendricks, Principal of Sacred Hearts School. “Thanks to the Hyatt Regency Maui’s donation, teachers and students will be able to conduct astronomical studies that previously had not been possible.”

Submitted by the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – For more information regarding the Tour of Stars program at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, contact the resort at (808) 661-1234, or visit the website at www.maui.hyatt.com

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