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Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

by Hawaii Forest and Trail
per traveler Price is $235
Duration: 7h 30m Free Cancellation No Booking Fees Print Voucher Print Voucher Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Trip to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii's highest peak

  • Spectacular sunset views from 13,796 feet (4,205 m)

  • Stargazing in a clear night sky free of light pollution

  • Hawaii's natural & geologic history explained by a guide

  • Scenic drive through varied island landscapes & lava fields

Highlights

  • Trip to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii's highest peak

  • Spectacular sunset views from 13,796 feet (4,205 m)

  • Stargazing in a clear night sky free of light pollution

  • Hawaii's natural & geologic history explained by a guide

  • Scenic drive through varied island landscapes & lava fields

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2:00 PM, Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure in English, includes Food and Drinks

Duration 7h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per traveler
$235

Total price is $235, taxes included

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Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

Activity Location

Mauna Kea Summit

Mauna Kea Summit Road

Hilo 96720

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hawaii Forest and Trail Kona HQ

    73-5593 Olowalu Street

    Kailua-Kona 96740

  • Queen's MarketPlace (Waikoloa / Kohala Coast pick-ups)

    69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive

    Waikoloa Village 96738

  • Lava Java Waikoloa

    68-1845 Waikoloa Road

    Waikoloa Village 96738


Description

Get a new perspective on Hawaii from the top of Mauna Kea, the world's tallest mountain and the most sacred location across the Hawaiian islands. Watch the sunset from 13,796 feet (4,205 m) above sea level, enjoy a picnic dinner, and scope out the stunning starry sky.

Starting from the Hawaii Forest and Trail Headquarters in Kona, you're driven past varied landscapes such as lava flows, pastureland, dry forest, and rain forest on your way to the base of Mauna Kea. Stop in at a private loction for a hot picnic dinner of Teriyaki Chicken, Kalbi Beef Short Ribs or a Vegetarian/Vegan Yellow Thai Curry, all served alongside brown rice, fresh vegetables, and a dinner roll. After your meal, grab your parka and continue the steep drive up to the summit.

Upon arrival, gaze out from the mountain at the peaks of nearby Mauna Loa and Hualalai, rising high above the countryside, and the far-away Haleakala crowning Maui. As you take in the view, a pastel sunset stretches over the Pacific.

When the sun sinks below the horizon, it's on to the Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 m). Warm up with a hot drink and some brownies as your guide sets up your telescope for a stargazing party like no other. Free from light pollution, Mauna Kea offers crystal-clear views of the stars. Listen to the tales of Hawaiian celestial lore and spend the rest of your time on the lookout for constellations and shooting stars.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Mauna Kea

  • Use of hooded parka jacket and gloves

  • Hot, picnic dinner served family style

  • Tea and dessert

  • Commentary provided in English

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from select Waikoloa hotels


Know Before You Book

  • You must be 16 or older.

  • If you are pregnant, in poor health, or experience respiratory, circulatory, or heart conditions, you should not participate.

  • Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers.

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • Hotel pickup is available from select Waikoloa hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • This tour departs between 2 PM and 4 PM, depending on the time of the sunset.

  • Check-in at least 20 minutes prior to departure


Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

4.3 out of 5

3/5 Sep 8, 2019

Good tour. A little disappointed that the tour was shortened due to unforeseen circumstances and not offered a discount or refund. Matteo our groups guide was awesome, lots of information the guy is loaded with fun facts. Good job Matteo!!

5/5 Aug 30, 2019

Jeff was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. Even though we could not go to the summit of Mauna Kea because of the protests, we felt the experience was exceptional.

5/5 May 21, 2019

A must do trip if you have the time! The company has groups of 14 people per bus and have great staff and provide good care during the 8-9 hours tour Food provided was okay. Our guide Kim was very knowledgeable, engaging and took great care of everything that she could