Mauna Kea Summit Tour 

Experience sunset from the top of Mauna Kea which reaches 13,796 feet in elevation before descending to the Ellison Onizuka Visitor Station at 9,200 feet elevation.  This is a prime location for telescope viewing of Hawaiian skies.  Ask the knowledgeable guides there to show you how to take photos of what you see in the telescopes, and bring along your hot chocolate packets!  Tour includes use of jackets and private telescopes.  7 hour tour.



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.

7 - 8 hours roundtrip from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters and Waikoloa Resorts. Dinner & desert served. Easy. Ages 16+

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.

Adult: $230 + tax


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.

Adult: $205 + tax


Endangered Native Habitats

Explore two rare habitats, the cloud mist kipuka rainforest on Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Pu‘u Lā‘au on Mauna Kea. Here are two places that represent Hawai‘i before human contact; places where plants and birds found nowhere else on earth reveal the evolutionary epic of the islands. Target species include: Nēnē, Palila, ‘Akiapōlā‘au, ‘Amakihi, ‘Apapane, Hawai‘i Creeper, ‘I‘iwi, ‘Elepaio, ‘Ōma‘o, ‘Io and Pueo.  

11-12 hours roundtrip from Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters. Breakfast & lunch served. Ages 8+

 ADULT $205 + tax    

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