With all there is to enjoy in Hawaii, I'm not sure astronomy would be at the top of anyone's activities list.  But it's big business on the Big Island. I have had the wonderful fortune of traveling to Hawaii four times in my life. And while the island of Hawaii itself has been missed so far, I would put a stargazing tour on the list in a heartbeat, if I ever get the chance to go again.

The island of Hawaii took in over $91 million in 2012 from direct and indirect effects of the astronomy industry. And all the islands combined raked in $168 million. And bigger and better observatory facilities are being funded to enhance the experiences even more.

So there you go, romantic stargazers. Put it on your to-do list.


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