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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Adventure

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Discover your astronomer spirit on Mauna Kea, the world's (technically) tallest mountain, watching an ethereal sunset bring observatories to life and taking a guided celestial tour via high-powered telescopes.


Travel above the clouds to visit the 14,000-foot-high (4,267 m) mountaintop home of stargazing heavyweights that include the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Subaru and Gemini telescopes. Cozy up in your provided parka while the setting sun bathes Mauna Kea in glimmering light and the observatories turn and open to the sky. At the mountain's Visitor Information Station, a "base camp" set below the summit, nosh on a picnic dinner and enjoy superb stargazing through the station's topnotch telescopes, exploring various stitches in the blanket of stars above.


  • Guided summit tour
  • Stargazing
  • Picnic dinner and snacks
  • Parka for summit
  • Roundtrip transportation


Approximately 8 hours

Departure time and location

2 PM–4 PM; from the Hawaii Forest and Trail Headquarters

Return time and location

9 PM–midnight; to the Hawaii Forest and Trail Headquarters

Participant restrictions

This activity is suitable for participants ages 16 and older. Due to high altitude, this tour is not recommended for those who are pregnant, in poor health, or who experience respiratory, circulatory, or heart conditions. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers. All participants should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain.


Tour guide gratuity is not included and is at your discretion. Cool, wet, and/or muddy conditions are sometimes present. Closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a sweatshirt/sweater are recommended. Hooded parkas are provided.


Hawaii Forest and Trail HQ - Kailua-Kona

Meet at Hawaii Forest and Trail's Headquarters two miles north of Kona Town, across from Honokohau Harbor.

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Mauna Kea Summit

Hawaii Forest and Trail will escort you to the top of the world at Mauna Kea Summit for this spectacular show of nature.

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Terms & Conditions

This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to 48 hours before the scheduled start of this Activity. Otherwise the product is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars
Qty Rate Type Price Each
Adult $199.00