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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

By Hawaii Forest and Trail
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Travel up Mauna Kea for a small-group sunset and stargazing tour by luxury 4WD van. Leave the off-road drive to the pros, and ride from Kona or Waikoloa to a historic Hawaiian ranch for a picnic dinner. Continue to the Big Island's tallest peak for sunset, then use powerful telescopes to observe constellations from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Hear commentary from your guide, and keep warm with the provided jackets and hot chocolate.
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$267.02
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$267.02
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Ages 13-99, max of 12 per group
Duration:8h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

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

  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas and gloves
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes
  • Central Meeting Locations for Pick-up & Drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Maunakea Visitor Information Station
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea Summit
What's not included
  • Gratuities

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. Enjoy 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.

Departure details
  • King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel by Marriott Courtyard, 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA **IMPORTANT - Please note, guests meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel must meet at least 15 MINUTES PRIOR to the tour's departure time. Mahalo!**
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Please meet us at the front entrance and allow a 15-minute window for your driver to arrive.
  • Queens' Marketplace, 69-201 Waikōloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA The backside of this popular shopping serves as a pickup location for many of our Adventures. Look for Charlie’s Thai Cuisine, and we’ll be at the curb!
  • Paniolo Greens, 68-1745 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA Please meet us at the recreation center and allow a 15-minute window for your driver to arrive.
  • Island Lava Java Waikōloa, 68-1845 Waikoloa Rd, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA Please meet us at the front entrance and allow a 15-minute window for your driver to arrive.
  • Maunakea Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, HI, USA Please park your vehicle in the lower gravel parking lot. After parking, walk up to the Visitors Center (aka Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station). Meet your guide by the picnic area. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2804MKS

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 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
  • **IMPORTANT - Please note, guests meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel must meet at least 15 MINUTES PRIOR to the tour's departure time.**
  • Guests are required to wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants. We recommend bringing a light sweatshirt or jacket
  • Guests must bring their own water bottles. Tour operator will provide filtered water refills.
  • Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 12 passengers
  • Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
  • We have developed an approach that introduces a new standard of cleanliness and disinfection to ensure our guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer experience. Implementing strict protocols and using the latest disinfection technology, updated continuously to current State and Federal Guidelines.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour price starts from $267.02. Discover and book Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour?
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour is hosted by Hawaii Forest and Trail. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Hawaii Forest and Trail on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2804MKS

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 6 starting options
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  • 1
    Maunakea Visitor Information Station
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Mauna Kea Summit
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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Nice easy hike to beautiful waterfalls
Nick was a great guide who was very knowledgeable about the area, plants and history. Stunning views along the way
Charlie M
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Great Logistics
Everything was perfectly coordinated. Despite a devastating sense of humor, Jeff was an expert guide and remarkable
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Amazing experience
We had an amazing adventure. Our tour guide Jeff, was very knowledgeable about the island of Hawaii, as well as the
gingerfoust2014
gingerfoust2014
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Awesome
Mauna Kea summit and Stargazing. This was my third trip with your team and as expected it did not disappoint. Jason
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Amazing Volcanoes National Park tour
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Volcanoes National Park tour, beginning with a walk through their private l
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Volcano Tour
Genevere was great!!! She was very friendly and informative. You could tell she wanted everyone to have a great ti
JimS438
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Fabulous time with Jeff!
Spent the afternoon and evening with Jeff as out guide. Jeff is a self described volcano and astronomy nerd and it
Terri A
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time and time again
We have been before and we will come again. This is one of those experiences that turn into great memories.
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Highly recommend - tour comes with lots of needs already!
Our guide, Rob, was excellent. The van that you are riding in all day is super comfortable and stocked with every s
karenmatheson2
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One of a kind experience
This is a well-organized trip with a knowledgeable guide. A bit pricey, but it is competitive with rates from the
Jasper C
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Great tour!
Fantastic tour and Guinevere was exceptional guide! Highly recommend for anyone. Lava tube was great and views of
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2022 November Kohala adventure tour
2022 November Tour was great! Guide was very communicative. They had Cliff bars in case any needed snacks. After
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Mauna Kea Sunset and Night Sky
Absolutely excellent tour. The drive up Mauna Kea was beautiful and surreal. And the observatories on the top fasc
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Stargazing adventure
Took a trip to Maunakea observatory with Adam as our guide. Adam was fantastic guide. Super knowledgeable about the
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Amazing tour, worth the money!
If you’re looking for an amazing experience book the volcano national park tour. If you’re lucky, Rob will be your
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r&r-explo
13 contributions
The stars!!! We got to see the rings around Saturn! And the bands on Jupiter! And shooting stars! The sunset was nice and all, but those stars….big thanks to Jeff for showing us all of the constellations and planets and galaxies and amazing things. Wow. Definitely bring the layers you have - even with parka, gloves, and blanket they gave us it was chilly. If you get car sick bring things - the ride gets bumpy at times. Overall one of the highlights!
Written November 27, 2022
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Cosmos
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
Must see! And do it with this company- great excellent guide, big emphasis on safety and really good food that hit the spot. Our guide Jeff (sp?) was super nice, incredibly knowledgeable and clearly loves this special place on Earth. In fact, it was a true gift to have him show us this sacred mountain. Mahalo from our hearts
Written November 26, 2022
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Kelley M
North Ridgeville, OH2 contributions
I highly recommend this tour. Jon was our driver and guide. He was great. He was funny, personable and gave a great history along the way. The experience was more than I expected. Once in a lifetime! Weather was nice as well as the accommodations. The dinner and treats were all fantastic. I had so much fun! You have to do this tour and ask for Jon! He's the best! Unbelievable views!!
Written November 24, 2022
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Luisa D
5 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Had an awesome experience, Jeff was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and very respectful. Would highly recommend this tour 👍
Written November 22, 2022
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Denise J
3 contributions
Nov 2022
Jeff was awesome and definitely knew his stuff! I would not venture this one on our own due to the elevation. Go with someone experienced. He was able to point out so many constellations, best places to watch the sunset, and so much more! Well worth the money!
Written November 21, 2022
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David E
2 contributions
The Mauna Kea summit and star gazing tour was something we were looking forward to for a year. We requested Jeff as our tour guide as we had seen amazing reviews of his tours and astrology knowledge, and he was incredible. We had a truly life changing experience in more ways than one. We watched the sunset at 13,500 feet, where I also happened to propose to my now fiancée (Jeff was in on it and picked the best spot), and finished the day looking at Saturns rings (!!!!) through a telescope while drinking hot chocolate. All of this was made possible by Jeff who answered every possibly Q we had, and was so incredibly knowledgeable about everything else too. It was clear the big island and astrology are personal loves of his. 10/10 trip!
Written November 20, 2022
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Gaill S
5 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Jason was a great guide. He was knowledgeable on local lore and facts along with a vast knowledge of the stars. Well worth it!
Written November 18, 2022
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KJM603
9 contributions
Nov 2022
This tour is amazing and well worth it! We debated driving ourselves and we are so glad we didn't. Our guide, Adam, was incredibly knowledgable about not just Mauna Kea but also local history, weather, astronomy, and the different areas of the island we passed on our way. He was very enthusiastic and made sure everyone had ample time during the stargazing. We joked later about sending him a list of follow-up questions! He took amazing photos, told us exactly what to expect, helped us get photos at the summit, and just generally made it an unforgettable experience. Special thanks to Adam for all his hard work on the trip -- it was fantastic!
Written November 18, 2022
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Nicholas S
2 contributions
Nov 2022
It was one of the best guided tours I've ever been a part of. The sun set was breath taking and the start gazing was literally out of this world. Jeff was welcoming, entertaining and incredibly informative. I would absolutely do this again.
Written November 18, 2022
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Manson
7 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
So glad we didn’t drive ourselves. It’s quite dangerous coming back down in the dark. Jeff was so informative about everything and entertained us the whole trip. Breathtaking sunset above the clouds! Dinner and snacks were comforting. If the sky is clear, Jeff let’s you view the night’s sky through a telescope. We were lucky and saw Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon. Highly recommend this tour!! Thank you Jeff.
Written November 14, 2022
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