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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. Discover Hawaii from the top of the island's tallest peak, Mauna Kea, also known as 'White Mountain,' located 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Limited to 28 people, this small-group star-watching tour ensures a personalized and unique experience at the enchanting Mauna Kea summit.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters
Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Hawaii Forest and Trail
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Mauna Kea Summit
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Maunakea Visitor Information Station
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Small-group full-day Manua Kea sunset and stargazing tour
  • Use the powerful telescope to view the stars from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
  • Warm up with the provided hooded jacket, and a hot picnic dinner, cocoa, and dessert
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 participants ensures a personalized experience
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a central location in Kailua-Kona or Waikoloa, then relax in the deluxe 4WD van as your small group heads to a ranch at the base of Mauna Kea. At the ranch, sit down for a hot picnic-style dinner (sample menu under Itinerary below). After dinner, your guide provides a warm jacket with hood to help keep you warm at the Mauna Kea summit. Return to the van for the ascent to the summit, learning from your guide about the Big Island's natural and cultural history along the way. When you reach the summit, enjoy views of the sunset, Mauna Loa, the Haleakala volcano on Maui, and other landmarks. Then drive down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), home to more than a dozen international observatories that draw scientists from around the world. Your guide sets up a telescope and provides an astronomy lesson as you star gaze. Stay warm with hot drinks and dessert before returning to Kona at the end of your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, 73-5593 A Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Also can pick-up from:
Queens' Market Place, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
Lava Java Waikoloa, 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas and gloves
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes
  • Select Hotel/Resort Pick-up & Drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Forest and Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea Summit
  • Entry/Admission - Maunakea Visitor Information Station
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Due to the high altitude; this tour is not suitable for those with respiratory, heart or circulatory conditions, poor health, or pregnancy
  • Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers
  • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal (Teriyaki Chicken, Kalbi Beef Ribs, or Vegetarian Thai Curry) at time of booking. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly.
  • There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards
  • We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket
  • The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road transit vans will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. The transit vans can carry a maximum of 14 passengers
  • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Had a great time and learned a lot. It is a somewhat spiritual experience seeing celestial bodies, etc up in the sky! The air is so clear, we could see passing satellites with our own eyes....the top of the mountain was freezing, and while they do provide parkas, be sure to
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Absolute must do activity, the sunrise experience is fairly private and our tour guide Angela was a gem. She answered every question we had and has a wealth of knowledge about the island. If you can, request her!
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I honestly don’t think it could’ve been a more perfect day. We were picked up from the hotel and driven to a cute outdoor tent to eat dinner, (short rib, rice, veggies and hot tea!). Then we finished our drive up to the summit and along the way were given so many fun facts from
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I booked this tour immediately after hearing that the summit road had temporarily reopened. My husband and I got so lucky. Not only was the access road open, after being closed by protests for six months, but the summit road had reopened after being closed for snow. Plus the
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second time we have been to Mauna Kea Summit. an excellent guide (Heraldo). nice discussion of Hawaii culture on trip. This tour does "dinner" at a Girl Scout camp on way up the mountain. this is nice in that there are no crowds or cramped spaces that happen if dinner is at the
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By: Hawaii Forest and Trail
3,575 reviews
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lkmoore1956
10
Fantastic day with the volcanos!
Our family absolutely enjoyed our day with Amanda, exploring the world of volcanoes on the Big Island and learning
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lisaannglenn
Labadie, Missouri
10
Great Stargazing Adventure
We took a stargazing trip on Mauna Kea with Hawaii Forest and Trail with Matio as our guide. The trip up the
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SophieBeach
NY, NY
84
Easy hike with beautiful waterfalls and incredible views
Our guide, Mark, was fantastic. Our group ranged in age from 35 to 70 years old and he made sure that everyone was
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briank198
10
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
Had a great time and learned a lot. It is a somewhat spiritual experience seeing celestial bodies, etc up in the
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willmM8956DD
10
Couldn't have been better!
Absolute must do activity, the sunrise experience is fairly private and our tour guide Angela was a gem. She
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Barbara F
Ann Arbor, Michigan
193
a highlight of our trip to the big island
We enjoyed this tour very much, including the excellent picnic dinner (chicken teriyaki from Lava Java restaurant)
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romanwang180
Taipei, Taiwan
10
GOOD SERVICE
The Service is good Heraldo is very kind~ and introduce is very good~ please keep the spirit forever ^.^
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Jillvbieniek
10
Jeff was the BEST tour guide ever
I honestly don’t think it could’ve been a more perfect day. We were picked up from the hotel and driven to a cute
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Myfinecycle
Longview, Washington
203
A once-in-a-lifetime experience
I booked this tour immediately after hearing that the summit road had temporarily reopened. My husband and I got
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Pioneer311474
10
Stargazing adventure rocks!
Heraldo from Hawaii Forest and Trail was one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and approachable guides we have
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mccabe4447
Cazenovia, New York
12947
A Great Experience
second time we have been to Mauna Kea Summit. an excellent guide (Heraldo). nice discussion of Hawaii culture on
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Go579808
20
Mauna Kia stars are amazing
Our tour guid was Justin, and his knowledge of Hawaiian history and astronomy made all the difference. Highly
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katarzynanikhamina
20
Mauna Kea summit, AKA Brooklyn girl sees stars!
My husband & I were in Hawaii for 2 weeks on vacation. We did Summit & Stars on our last night - we were very
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ayda3102
Tampa, Florida
10
Great tour
Had an amazing time. Definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a great tour and guide. Rob was awesome
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hawaiilover2017
Newark, Delaware
50
Fantastic hike
Melanie was a superb guide with extensive naturalist and Hawaiian culture knowledge. She also demonstrated her
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