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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
About Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
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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Starts with clean van and pleasant ride to VC then summit with Travis who knows his Hawaii history! Despite rain the guides found stars at a nearby scout camp. Really cool!
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We started our adventure at the Gilbert Kahele Recreation Park, near the summit access road. We first road up to the visitor center to have dinner and start getting used to the higher altitude. Then we proceeded to the summit. At 13,700+ feet, you can feel light headed pretty
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This was the most incredible adventure, in my top 3! We were blessed with a spectacular clear day. It was exhilarating to be at 14,000 feet in -34 degree weather and witness the history of Maunakea and the observatories. Stargazing blew me away looking at another galaxy, the
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The tour itself was excellent and the pick up was prompt and on time. I'd say the any tour of this type would be similar with the difference being the tour guide. On the tour I was able to join, the tour guide was beyond super. Arthur was able to narrate and keep the whole
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This was a last-minute idea when visiting the Big Island. We rendezvous with the Mauna Kea Summit Adventures van at the Kailua-Kona International Market. We then went to a mall to pick up additional clients. It is a couple of hour drive to get to the summit. Our guide, Arthur
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