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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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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 mostly 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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Eva A wrote a review Sep 2022
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This tour was the standout highlight of our visit to The Big Island. Not only was sunset amazing from the summit, our guide Travis was a wealth of knowledge about both Hawaiian history as well as modern Hawaiian culture and perspective. The stargazing was unforgettable, we learned a lot and couldn’t help but feel the power of the mysterious universe we’re spinning around in. Highly recommended! A visit to Hawaii would be incomplete without this.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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E. L wrote a review Sep 2022
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Excellent experience! Came back to do this again after 15 years and did not disappoint - the guide was knowledgeable but even without any narration, the views were absolutely breathtaking and the objects we were able to see through the telescope were crystal clear. It did not come as a surprise that it was cold at the summit- we were given parkas and gloves but it's helpful to also come prepared with your own layers.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Anna T wrote a review Sep 2022
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Let me start chronologically. Booking was easy and you get a clear e-mail with time and location. You have a choice to go with a dinner package or bring your own. I'm not vegan but vegans should bring their own food since the Lasagne is with tripple cheese. My boyfriend and I are a bit spoiled with delicious authentic italian food so we decided against the "Lasagna" because we do not support "americanized food". But this is not a food critic review :) Bentobox is a perfect filler for those who wants to eat lighter and can not eat what's called sandwich here. Website was informative and helps to decide for this tour. Also because it is provided from locals and the oldest Mauna Kea tour. So support the local whenever you can. The evening before the tour they send a little reminder e-mail where you need to reconfirm. We were very thankful for this option because we could have give some information before. So my boyfriend and I can both get carsick when not driving the car ourself or sitting in the back and at the Pick up, Travis, our tourguide pointed put we would sit behind him. We were very thankful, that they read our reconfirmation carefully. Pick up was on time and Travis was greating us with high energy. Before he started the ride he gave clear instructions, always spoke loud and clear and always with a bit of joke aside. During the drive to Mauna Kea he was telling us about the difference of Lavas, the agriculture, Nd stories about the godess Pele and Mauna Kea. One Day he makes a great grandpa by telling those stories to his grandchildren :) We enjoyed the stories very much thank you! Also he was always open to our questions. And always kept an eye on his guests that noone is getting lost. Travis was not only a good story teller, he really is a proud Hawaiian on the mission to perserve the Hawaiian history and culture by telling his guests so much about it. Also when he talked about the little mountain where some Hawaiians have rituals and Tourists should not go out of respect, I felt like trow back to Australia with Uluru where I also had an awesome tourguide who not only respect the place itself, he respected everything what was arround. So it is great to have a tourguide who does not only share facts, it is more important to share a part or the culture. When we had the stargaze im the dark night he still manage to call his guests by their name. I was impressed! On the way back, again Travis was very open to our questions, which were not only about Mauna Kea but still Hawaii and gave us some hints which restaurants to visit and Ukulele bacl his time at school was obligatory to learn :) Great tour organization! Great tour! Great tourgude! Mahalo for sharing!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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gamesjr wrote a review Sep 2022
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The only word for Mauna Kea is awe-inspiring. This tour is a must for anyone wanting to be an astronomer for the day, or just appreciate the wonder that is our galaxy, and our very small place in it. But first we need to talk about Travis. Travis is the tour guide all guides should aspire to be. He was knowledgeable, friendly, approachable, helpful, and honest. He made our group of 14 really feel like ohana, and knew exactly how to get everyone to engage with the tour. But mostly Travis’s honesty won the day. He impressed upon us very clearly that we weren’t just taking a van up to a mountain to look at stars. We were visiting an incredibly hallowed sight for Hawaiians, a place of spirituality and ancestry, and also one with a fraught history of political, financial, and military involvement. He never let us forget we were standing on a hot button topic for Hawaiians. That might not be for everyone, but it was exactly what this reviewer wanted. We stood on the summit of Mauna Kea to watch the sun set in a sea of clouds, before retiring below to use the telescopes set up by Travis and Fernando. The parkas and hot chocolate were appreciated, and we had a lot of fun chatting about the constellations and their history while observing different stars and planets. This tour is a must-do on the island, there is no doubt. Grab a brownie, gaze out at the sea of clouds, and marvel at our little blue marble’s place in the cosmos.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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catsrfluffy wrote a review Sep 2022
Cardiff, United Kingdom28 contributions7 helpful votes
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This was a fantastic tour from start to finish. Gauge our tour guide was really informative about all of the observatories, the sunset, and stargazing, including looking through his massive telescope! He made sure we were all warm and happy, and not suffering from the altitude. Definitely would not have seen and learnt the things we did if we had done this on our own. Well worth the money! Ten out of 10!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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