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COVID-19 UPDATE: This tour has been suspended indefinitely. Please consider our sunset & stargazing tour which is bookable.
Experience the stark beauty and profound awe of Mauna Kea on a sunrise adventure. See and learn about the night sky from 9,000 feet up a mountain world-famous for its collection of leading scientific observatories. You’ll then proceed to the summit above the clouds at almost 14,000 feet to watch the brilliant colors of sunrise light up the sky and the red Mars-like landscape of the tallest volcano and mountain on earth. You’ll learn about the leading scientific research taking place there, as well as the sacred role Mauna Kea has played in Hawaiian culture and history.
For stargazing, the following are used: laser pointer by guide, spotting scope for group (with guide's assistance), and binoculars. Hot drinks are served while stargazing, as well as snacks. After stargazing and sunrise, you will stop on the way back to Kona/Waikoloa for a hot picnic buffet breakfast at a rustic outdoor location, or for the Hilo tour at the Imiloa Astronomy Center restaurant. Hooded parkas are provided due to the freezing temperatures at the summit, and you should wear long pants and covered walking shoes with socks, along with bring a sweater or jacket.
Due to the high altitude and regulations, only those age 16 and over can go on this tour.
Rob U wrote:
A trip to the Big Island isn’t complete without a visit to Mauna Kea. This trip was the way to do it. The company is well organized and our guide Brett was friendly, knowledgeable, and excited about his work.
We had an excellent guide, Joel. He was humorous and knew all about Hawaiian star constellations, navigation, geology, and history. Had a great time. They thought of everything to keep us comfortable.
Angella C wrote:
Our guide Matt was polite, kind, and very knowledgeable. An experience would recommend.
Hawaii Big Island Revealed Guidebook:
Possibly the best place in the world to observe stars.
If you want to go stargazing on Mauna Kea, Hawaii Forest & Trail does the best job.
Lonely Planet Guidebook:
Top 20 Activities in State of Hawaii. The stargazing is a unique and profoundly memorable experience.
Top-notch ecotour outfitter with knowledgeable guides
This comfortable, highly educational tour packs a lot of fun. Guides are knowledgeable, and the small group size encourages camaraderie.