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  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time as you head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island! Discover Hawaii from the top of the Island's tallest peak, the Mauna Kea, also known as "White Mountain", 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Be sure not to miss this enchanting Mauna Kea Summit and Stars small group tour!


  • Small group Manua Kea adventure on Hawaii
  • Hike to Mauna Kea summit for breathtaking panoramic views
  • Learn about the history, culture and ecology of Hawaii as you enjoy the sunset and gaze at the stars
  • Private star-gazing show with telescope
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Tour limited to 12 participants, ensuring a personalized and unique experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A wonderful excursion off the beaten path. The hike up Mauna Kea is at high altitude but is short and easy, and from the top you can see Maui's Haleakala volcano, not to mention the sublime Hawaiian sunset. Back at the visitor's center, the telescope views of stars -- especially on a clear night -- are truly out-of-this-world!

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What You Can Expect

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

View a spectacular sunset from the top of Mauna Kea Hawaii and enjoy a unique stargazing experience on this Big Island adventure tour. Travel from Kona through Hawaii's historic Parker Ranch in a specially equipped 4x4 luxury van to Mauna Kea summit on the Big Island of Hawaii. Learn about the Big Island's cultural, natural and ecological history from your naturalist tour guide as you journey to Mauna Kea Observatory for this once-in-a-lifetime sunset and stargazing tour. Limited to 12 people, this tour ensures a personalized and unique experience.

Ride to the Mauna Kea summit in comfort and safety with specially equipped 4x4 tour vans and gain access to parts of the Big Island of Hawaii that most travelers will never see! Enjoy a special hot, picnic style dinner (refer to full menu below) at a historic Hawaiian ranch where you'll be provided with a warm, hooded parka (you must specify size when booking) and prepare to make the climb to the  top of Mauna Kea.

From the Mauna Kea summit, enjoy views of Mauna Loa and see Maui's volcano, Haleakala, along with other special points of interest. Stand among some of the earth's most powerful telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory as you enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sunset view.

After sunset, you'll travel to the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center at 9,000 feet (2,750 meters), where your tour guide will set up a telescope for a personal, entertaining and educational star party. Learn how Mauna Kea's unique geography draws scientists from all over the world to study the heavens, and also allows for incredible night time views of the stars. Enjoy hot beverages and chocolate macadamia nut cookies as your guide gives a personal astronomy lesson.


Picnic Dinner Menu (please specify at booking):

Hot Entrée Option 
Barbecue Chicken with Mild Korean BBQ Chili Sauce (served hot) 
  • Warm Homemade Cornbread 
  • Cole Slaw w/ Blond Raisins 
Cold Vegetarian Entrée Option  
Vegetarian Spinach Wrap (served cold) 
(Wrap Includes: Hummus, Lettuce, Tofu, Cucumber, Tomato, Carrot, Avocado, Bell Peppers and Tomatoes served with a side of Sesame Soy Dressing) 
  • Glazed Carrots 
  • Tabouleh
Gluten Free Option 
Grilled Chicken Breast with lemon garnish (served hot) 
  • Rice 
  • Glazed Carrots 
  • Chocolate Brownies 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was the highlight of our vacation. Absolutely breathtaking sunset. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Saw the International Space Station zip by.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was an awesome trip. We saw Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. We saw another entire galaxy.
The view was amazing.

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