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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Adventure with Picnic Dinner
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Snowy peaks show Hawaii's diverse climate

On this Mauna Kea sunset and stargazing tour you’ll get to view the stars and sunset from above the clouds, at the summit of a volcano! After a beautiful sunset, prepare to be amazed as the night sky lights up with thousands of glittering stars.

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Visit one of the most sacred places in Hawaii for a spectacular sunset and stargazing tour! Enjoy a delicious, hot meal at a private location before ascending to the icy summit. At the Mauna Kea summit you'll see the telescope domes of the world's leading astronomical research facilities, and views of Big Island’s active volcano, Mauna Loa. After basking in the evening glow, descend to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station to marvel at the Hawaiian sky through an advanced Celestron telescope. Wrapped warmly in arctic parkas, enjoy hot chocolate and brownies as your expert guide offers you a personal and educational look at the Hawaiian heavens.

Tour Highlights
  • Witness a sunset at the summit of Mauna Kea: The most dramatic spectacle in Hawaii!
  • Guided stargazing with lasers and 11” Celestron telescope at Mauna Kea Visitor Center
  • 14-passenger Mercedes Sprinter van and a maximum group size of 9 ensures comfort and space while on tour.
  • Includes warm parkas, gloves, walking sticks, water, dinner, and hot chocolate
  • Duration: 7 - 8 hours
  • Pick-up Available from: Four Seasons Resort Hawaii At Hualalai, Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters (Kona), Hilton Waikoloa Village, Paniolo Greens Resort, Island Lava Java Cafe - Waikoloa, The Queens MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Dinner menu (your choice of):
  • Teriyaki Chicken (gluten-free) served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, and yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce and a caramelized pineapple garnish.
  • Kalbi Beef Short Ribs (GF) served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, and yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce and a caramelized pineapple garnish.
  • Vegetarian Thai Curry (GF & dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan) served with brown rice, bell peppers, portobello mushroom, snap peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, onion & bok choy.
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Summit Sunset & Stargazing Adventure
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  • Duration (incl. transportation): 5 - 9 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up:
    • Round-trip from Hawaii Forest & Trail Office (Kona) free x per person
      Round-trip from Hawaii Forest & Trail Office (Kona) free x per person
    • Round-trip from Waikoloa Hotels free x per person
      Round-trip from Waikoloa Hotels free x per person
  • Inclusion: Soft drinks / Juice / Dinner / Warm clothing / Hooded parkas / Warm gloves / Guide
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up
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  • Drop-off
    Time & Location

Starting time: 13:25 (Nov & Dec) - 14:55 (Jun & Jul) (Show details)
  • 13:15-14:15 Pick-up from Kailua-Kona / Waikoloa / Hapuna
  • Dinner at Humu'ula Sheep Station (1 hr)
    140427 Enjoy a private picnic dinner at historic Humuula Sheep Station, now owned by the famous Parker Ranch. Located at 7,000 feet in elevation along Saddle Rd., you'll have views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
  • Drive to Summit of Mauna Kea (45 mins)
    mauna Ascend 13,800 feet above sea level for a sunset view unlike any other. Along the way you can see the many cone shaped craters that once spewed lava when Mauna Kea was last active, 4,500 years ago.
  • Sunset Viewing (30 mins)
    IMG_3292-3 Delight in an awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest peak in the Pacific. At the heart of Big Island's observatories, above the clouds and surrounded by giant telescopes and volcanic craters, you'll feel like you're standing on top of the world.
  • Descend to Visitor's Station (30 mins)
    140423 Descend to 9,000 feet above sea level and watch the sky light up as the stars come out.
  • Stargazing on Mauna Kea (45 mins)
    mkss-slide2-1040x489 Sip hot chocolate during your private star show at 9,000 feet elevation with an 11” Celestron telescope. Your personal guide will point out constellations and other celestial bodies.
  • Free time at Visitor Center (15 mins)
  • 19:00-22:00 Check-out & Drop-off
Package detail / Schedule
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • If less than 4 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
    • People 16 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. You will 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.
    • Children under 16 years are NOT allowed on this tour.
    • Wheelchair Accessibility: Tour van is not equipped with a lift or room for wheelchairs so some mobility with assistance is necessary to enter and exit the vehicle. Some terrains visited may not be paved, so wheelchair access is limited.
    • You may not participate within twenty-four (24) hours of scuba diving due to the high risk of decompression sickness.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Closed toe shoes
    • Long pants
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
Additional Note(s)
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • The menu is subject to change without notice.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 14.
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Will we get to look through the big telescopes on Mauna Kea?
  • No one is allowed into the observatory. But you will watch the sunset in front of the observatory. Star gazing is done with telescopes that we bring along.
Will there be any health risks linked to going up Mauna Kea?
  • Yes, there are a few health risks since you will be at 14,000-foot altitude and at that height there are low oxygen levels and the possibility of altitude sickness. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to the summit.
What will we see on this tour?
  • This tour includes the picture perfect Hawaiian sunset, amazing stargazing opportunities, and even a possibility of seeing snow in sunny Hawaii!
What is the dinner menu?
  • Each guest will have their choice of one of the following dinner options:

    Grilled Chicken with Special Sauce
    Served with:
    - Brown Rice
    - Carrot
    - Zucchini
    - Bok Choy
    - Yellow Squash with Garlic & White Wine Sauce
    - Caramelized Pineapple

    Boneless Beef Short Ribs
    Served with:
    - Brown Rice
    - Carrot
    - Zucchini
    - Bok Choy
    - Yellow Squash with Garlic & White Wine Sauce
    - Caramelized Pineapple
    - Teriyaki Sauce

    Vegetarian Thai Curry (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)
    Served with:
    - Brown Rice
    - Red Bell Peppers
    - Green Bell Peppers
    - Portobello Mushrooms
    - Sugar Snap Peas
    - Green Beans
    - Zucchini
    - Yellow Squash
    - Onion
    - Bok Choy
    - Thai Curry Sauce (Lemon Grass, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Garlic, Coconut Milk, Coriander, Paprika, Tomato Puree, Thai Curry Paste, Cumin & Gluten-free Soy Sauce)

    *Please Note: All meals are prepared in facilities with nuts, oils & other potential allergens.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last-minute bookings are often possible, but availability is limited.
How cold does it get on Mauna Kea?
  • Average temperatures can reach 32° Fahrenheit or 0° Celsius.
Does volcanic activity from Kilauea affect visibility?
  • No. Mauna Kea is so high up that visibility is rarely affected. At the summit of Mauna Kea, you'll even be above most cloud formations.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 16:00 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 235.60
USD 235.60

Taxes & fees included

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(4.59/5.00) 4.59 / 5
(75 reviews)

Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 5 - 9 hour(s)
Availability Daily
Meal Dinner


by: Andy P.
Although the road to the summit was blocked by protesters Jeff made the trip most of the way up awes...more
First off The Two outstanding parts to this tour was Jeff; The Tour Guide and The Stars. Tour Guide Jeff, detailed intellect to the stars was fun and educational without being obnoxious. Felt very for...more
First off, big thanks to Jeff for being an entertaining and super knowledgeable guide. Great customer service as well. They called us early on in the morning to let us know, to our dismay, that we wou...more

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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset & Stargazing Adventure with Picnic Dinner