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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
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Description: Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea...
Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offers daily trips to the summit of Mauna Kea for sunset and stargazing. We are the pioneer service of this kind and we have over 30 years of experience. Our daily trip starts off on the Kona coast 4 hours before sunset and returns 5 hours after sunset. We travel in custom built 4x4 mini coaches with panoramic windows. Our guides are experts in island geography, geology, culture and astronomy. At the 9,000FT.level, we stop for the better part of an hour to dine and experience the visitor's center. We arrive on the summit before sunset and we stay until the best of the color has faded. Afterward, if natural conditions allow, we put on a highly informative stargazing session with large, computerized amateur telescopes. MKSA does not guarantee the weather in any way. Although the mountain enjoys a great majority of fine weather there is the possibility the tour may be canceled, and refunded or may encounter poor conditions in the field.
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Monday July 13 2015 with CHRIS

The last minute we were allowed past the protesters so we could go to the summit. Our guide CHRIS was prompt picking us up and super friendly and funny. The ride to the summit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The last minute we were allowed past the protesters so we could go to the summit. Our guide CHRIS was prompt picking us up and super friendly and funny. The ride to the summit went fast as Chris filled us in on his knowledge of the land and history of the BIG ISLAND...it was fascinating and my kids listened to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were able to drive to the summit even with the protestors. The visitors center and bathrooms are closed though so make sure you use a bathroom before you get there. It was worth the drive to the top. The only thing that was missing was being able to get into a telescope!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went on our tour July 12th and while we were unable to go to the summit due to protests we are so happy we still went on the stargazing tour! Our guide Chris was friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. He taught us so much about the island and the sky and is clearly loves the island and his job. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The reviewer from July 17 gave a great summary of a wonderful experience. My son had suggested this as the one thing he wanted to do on our Hawaii trip and it was perfect. We had Blake as our guide and we coordinated with another van with Jim. The excitement they both had for the trip was contagious. They were... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Seven of my family and friends went up to Mauna Kea with Blake from Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. He picked us up at our hotel and escorted us up to the summit. We stopped on the way up to look at lava,learned a lot about the island and got all our questions answered ( and we had a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Although we were not able to go up to the summit due to the protests, Mauna Kea Summit Adventures offered a reduced tour fee, that was well worth it. We had an amazing tour guide (Jim), who was very friendly, upbeat and extremely knowledgeable about all things astrology, the history of the area and Mauna Kea. This tour was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We could not go to the top of the summit due to the protests and road closing but still went on the stargazing tour with Chris and Blake. The stars and view were still amazing and Chris and Blaze were wonderful guides. Funny, nice, helpful and informative. My husband and I had a great time and saw sites that we... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We really wanted to visit the summit of Mauna Kea, My husband was daunted by the price at first, and was insisting we rent a Jeep and drive up to the Visitor's Center ourselves. The idea frankly scared the heaven out of me, especially since I didn't like the prospect of driving down the summit at night in unfamilar territory,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The smell of warm Vegetable Lasagne drifting through the Van for our 1.5 hour drive there and 1.5 hour drive back will live with me fore-ever. So will the epic stops on the lava flows, the drive up the mountain, the views of Mauna Loa, the view at Sunset, the great guides, the view of the Milky Way, Jupiter and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

There are many tour operators running tours to Mount Kea ... I think I counted 5 at the visitors information centre where they all stop. The trip seems popular and every operator was running two vehicles. MKSA run an excellent operation. Their communication from the start was good and our tour guide / driver (Greg) was a geologist with excellent... More 

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: +1 808-322-2366
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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