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Itinerary

Meet your guide at a central location in Kailua-Kona or Waikoloa, then relax in the deluxe 4WD van as your small group heads to a ranch at the base of Mauna Kea.

At the ranch, sit down for a hot picnic-style dinner (sample menu under Itinerary below). After dinner, your guide provides a warm jacket with hood to help keep you warm at the Mauna Kea summit. Return to the van for the ascent to the summit, learning from your guide about the Big Island's natural and cultural history along the way.

When you reach the summit, enjoy views of the sunset, Mauna Loa, the Haleakala volcano on Maui, and other landmarks. Then drive down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), home to more than a dozen international observatories that draw scientists from around the world.

Your guide sets up a telescope and provides an astronomy lesson as you star gaze. Stay warm with hot drinks and dessert before returning to Kona at the end of your tour.

Locations visited
Haleakala Crater
Mauna Kea Summit
Hawaii Forest and Trail
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Overview
Travel up Mauna Kea for a small-group sunset and stargazing tour by luxury 4WD van. Leave the off-road drive to the pros, and ride from Kona or Waikoloa to a historic Hawaiian ranch for a picnic dinner. Continue to the Big Island's tallest peak for sunset, then use powerful telescopes to observe constellations from Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Hear commentary from your guide, and keep warm with the provided jackets and hot chocolate.
Highlights
  • 7-8 hours - Manua Kea sunset and stargazing tour on Hawaii Island
  • Enjoy a private stargazing show through 11” Celestron telescopes on Mauna Kea
  • Learn about the history, culture, and ecology of Hawaii
  • Indulge in a picnic dinner at a historical ranch
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 participants, ensuring a personalized experience with a naturalist guide
  • Minimum age is 16 years old
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Honeymoon highlight

Jeff took us safely up through the clouds to first enjoy a meal in an unusual setting of a derelict sheep station before continuing up to the summit for sunset before showing us planets and stars through a great telescope. Jeff was incredibly knowledgable, sharing...More

Thank amrmtravel
Reviewed 2 days ago
The best tour guide ever!

We debated making the trip to Mauna Kea on our own, since we had rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle. We were so happy that we decided to take the tour instead. Our guide, Heraldo Herrington, was amazing. He hadn't just memorized a detailed script: He...More

Thank Bruce C
Reviewed 2 days ago
Bucket list checkoff! Wonderful tour

My hubby has wanted to visit the Summit of Mauna Kea for years! So about 2 years ago we started planning this trip, and chose the dates we did because the moon would be barely visible and the night sky wouldn't have to compete with...More

Thank Ilene M
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fantastic Experience But Be Aware

This was one of my favorite experiences on the big Island. Nothing but praise for Hawaii Forest and Trail. The sunset was spectacular and the star gazing is now something I want to do again. A great part of the experience was getting to know...More

2  Thank Gregory B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Superb stargazing

This is by far the best sightseeing tour I have done as a family. Hawaii forest and trail did a great job keeping us informed about changes in the schedule. Jeff our guide and entertainment for the day was marvellous, knowledgeable, funny and his positive...More

Thank Nicole B
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Hokiefraziers
16 July 2018|
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Response from Dave T | Reviewed this property |
Our bus carried about a dozen passengers and we had 1 telescope. All who wanted got a turn looking at each celestial object. AND we each got a warm brownie with hot cocoa.
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7 July 2018|
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We went last month and my son is 16. They didn’t ask for any documentation.
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Kim T
28 May 2018|
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Response from Dave T | Reviewed this property |
There was no issue for our tour, but the day after we left Pu’u O’o exploded with a 30,000 foot cloud. Trade winds moved that cloud out pretty quickly though. Kilauea is about 100 miles from Mauna Kea and south of Mauna Loa... More
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