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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
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The often snow-capped Mauna Kea stands as the tallest mountain in Hawaii and is considered the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the sea floor to summit. Traverse its cinder peaks for spectacular views and unparalleled stargazing opportunities. Stare deep into the expansive universe as you sip on delicious warming beverages and take in the crisp, sacred, and unforgettable surroundings of this spectacularly cold Hawaiian wonderland.
FAQs for Visiting Mauna Kea

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00am - 10:00pm (Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station)
Due to renovations, the visitor center will close at 5:00pm starting December 9th. Construction is expected to last 6 months.

When should I go stargazing? - The best time for stargazing on Mauna Kea is on a clear and moonless night.
What else can I do on Mauna Kea? - Things to do at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station include watching videos, shopping at the First Light Bookstore, stopping by the silversword garden, picnicking, hiking to the top of Pu'u Kalepeamoa, and viewing the Sun through a solar telescope.
What are conditions like at the summit? - Bring a warm jacket! The average temperature at the summit of Mauna Kea is 30°F (-1°C) and high wind conditions are common.
Does the peak get crowded? - The busiest time to visit Mauna Kea is between 30 minutes before sunset to 1.5 hours after sunset. Parking and space at the visitor station during this time will be limited.
Can I drive myself up the mountain? - The access road to the summit, above the visitor center, is steep graded-gravel and will require a 4WD vehicle with low range.
Is it safe to climb to the summit? - The area is safe for any healthy adult, though some may be affected by altitude sickness. Due to high altitudes and low oxygen levels, pregnant women, children under 16 years of age, those with a history of respiratory or heart problems, high blood pressure, obese persons (40+ BMI), and those who have been scuba diving within 24 hours should not travel beyond the visitor center.

Tours visiting Mauna Kea depart from Kona, Waikoloa and Kohala areas. No Hilo area departures are currently available.

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Latest reviews of Mauna Kea Summit Adventures

Totally worth it!

2021/03/13 Couples JC1

Awesome experience. Our tour guide Justin was the best!!

Highlight of our entire Hawaii Trip

2020/03/14 Couples Adam

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, and clearly had the same passion for astronomy we did. He took fantastic romantic photos with the galaxy in the background, while explaining what it is we were looking at. I... more

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Honeymoon Highlight!

2020/02/11 Couples MsTravelGal

I wouldn't give this tour five stars...I give it as many stars as there are in the Mauna Kea sky! This tour was easily the highlight of our trip on the Big Island! We enjoyed every minute of it. The sunset was absolutely... more

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Highlight of my Big Island trip. Must do!

2020/02/11 Couples Michael

This Mauana Kea summit and stargazing tour was phenomenal. The first stop is at the visitor center around 9k feet elevation. Here you can look through a couple telescopes, walk through the museum, and you will be served ... more

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Gratitude and respect! Blessed to have been able to experience sunset on Mauna Kea and the beauty of our night sky!

2020/01/01 Families Hoomaikaiana

This was truly a ‘bucket list’ experience.
Our guide Travis shared his encyclopedic knowledge of the mountain and the importance to the Hawai’ian people. The history of the observatories and their research potential wa... more

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Mauna Kea

2019/11/09 Solo Travelers Andy P.

Although the road to the summit was blocked by protesters Jeff made the trip most of the way up awesome! Very informative and personable! I’ve never seen so many stars in my life! I’ll remember this trip for the rest of ... more

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Mauna Kea Summit Adventures (Top Big Island Attractions), Big Island tours & activities, fun things to do in Big Island | HawaiiActivities.com
The often snow-capped Mauna Kea stands as the tallest mountain in Hawaii and is considered the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the sea floor to summit. Traverse its cinder peaks for spectacular views and unparalleled stargazing opportunities. Stare deep into the expansive universe as you sip on delicious warming beverages and take in the crisp, sacred, and unforgettable surroundings of this spectacularly cold Hawaiian wonderland.