Mauna Kea

Watching the sunset or sunrise from the summit of Mauna Kea is considered by many to be a transcendent experience. Viewing the sun setting or rising from above the clouds offers an incredible perspective every time. Clouds light up beneath the sky and turn a multitude of colors.  Maunakea’s natural, cultural history and geology appeal comes to life with Hawaii Forest & Trail’s interpretive guides. In addition, Maunakea holds the world’s greatest collection of astronomy equipment and is considered one of the best places on Earth to view the stars.


 Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

“Top 10 Unforgettable Experiences”, Fodors 2006

Join us for a provocative journey through space and time. From sea level to the high alpine witness the dramatic diversity of our island's landscape. After a hot, picnic-style dinner we make our way to the summit of Hawaii’s most sacred mountain for a sensational sunset amidst the largest collection of telescopes on earth. As daylight fades we descend to a lower elevation where your Interpretive Guide will reveal the wonders of our Hawaiian night skies.

Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory, or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health, or children under 16. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers.

WHAT TO BRING & WEAR: Closed toe shoes, long pants and a sweatshirt or sweater.

AGES: Easy to Moderate. Ages 16 and UP.

RATE: $235.00 +tax and fees

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Enjoy a private picnic dinner at Historic Humuula Sheep Station, located at 7,000 feet elevation

- Your guide will share historic accounts of early travelers through the mountainlands

- Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Maunakea, the highest point in the Pacific

- Stand amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes

- Sip hot chocolate during your private starshow at 9,000 feet elevation with an 11” Celestron telescope


 Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour

Avoid the crowds that congregate on Maunakea during sunset and instead enjoy a much more quiet and intimate experience. Start your day at the summit of the world’s tallest volcano and watch the first rays of dawn crawl across the landscape lighting the morning sky in brilliant shades of red, orange, purple and blue.  

  • See the night sky on the slope of Maunakea before the day’s first light

  • Take in the sunrise at the top of Maunakea, amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes

  • Enjoy breakfast at Onizuka visitors center followed by a short walk through the Maunakea Silversword enclosure

6-7 hours roundtrip from Hawii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters and Waikoloa Resorts. Breakfast & hot drinks served. Ages 16+

Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.

Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers. No children under 16. Other tour restrictions may apply.

AGES: Easy to Moderate. Ages 16 and UP.

RATE: $215.00 +tax and fees


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