Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure — Hawaii Forest & Trail
A journey from sea level to 14,000-ft. summit of Mauna Kea to enjoy the Hawaiian night sky.
Duration: 7–8 hours
Time: 1:55–2:10 p.m. thru 10:00 p.m.
Our journey from sea level to the nearly 14,000 foot summit of Mauna Kea reveals the wonders and world-class clarity of the Hawaiian night sky.
Learn about Hawaiian stars navigation, view inspiring sunset at the top of Mauna Kea. Sip hot chocolate during your private star show with a telescope. Picnic dinner (included), and learn about Hawaiian star navigation.
- Enjoy a warm picnic dinner at our private location and learn about Hawaiian star navigation
- Your guide will share historic accounts of early travelers through the mountain lands
- Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Maunakea, the highest point in the Pacific
- As the sun slips over the horizon we’ll descend to a lower elevation at 9,000 ft
- Sip hot chocolate during your private starshow with our 11” Celestron telescope
- Please read restrictions and FAQ carefully before booking this experience
Included: Picnic style dinner, assorted teas, hot chocolate, and dessert. Dinner options include Teriyaki Chicken (gluten free), Kalbi Beef Short Ribs (gluten free), or Vegetarian Thai Curry (gluten & dairy free, vegetarian, vegan). The chicken and beef are served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy and yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce, and a caramelized pineapple garnish. The curry is served with brown rice, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, portobello mushroom, sugar snap peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, onion and bok choy.
Gear provided: We provide warm wear including, hooded parkas and gloves.
* Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a sweatshirt or sweater.
Afternoon trips depart daily from Hawaii Forest & Trail in Kona, Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort, and Lava Java located in the Waikoloa Village Shopping Center. 7–8 hours round trip.
- Weather changes can occur quickly and the access road to the summit can close without warning, therefore we cannot guarantee access to the summit or favorable conditions.
- Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain.
- The temperature can dip below freezing when at high elevation on the mountain.
- We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.
- Please note that the Maunakea Visitor station is currently closed for renovations.
- Due to the high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health.
- If you plan to scuba dive, do not plan to go to the summit within 24 hours after you dive due to the altitude.
- No children under 16.
- Other tour restrictions may apply.