- 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
Recent Photos of this Tour
the sunsetPhoto by: Itchie02 2013
Totally clear at SunsetPhoto by: LORI A H01 2013
Sunset at Mauna KeaPhoto by: LORI A H01 2013
Mauna KeaPhoto by: Carol PUSA, 09 2009
Above the cloudsPhoto by: Carol PUSA, 09 2009
ObservatoryPhoto by: Carol PUSA, 09 2009
Cloud CityPhoto by: Carol PUSA, 09 2009
OvservatoryPhoto by: Carol PUSA, 09 2009
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.
Hot Entrée Option
Barbecue Chicken with Mild Korean BBQ Chili Sauce (served hot)
- Warm Homemade Cornbread
- Cole Slaw w/ Blond Raisins
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
Grilled Chicken Breast with lemon garnish (served hot)
- Glazed Carrots
- Chocolate Brownies
Reviewed by Gary F, April 2013
We were impressed with the knowledge of our guide. We loved the personal attention and enjoyed every minute of our experience.
Reviewed by Tanya H, April 2013
Greatness! There is nothing like the sunset @ the top of the summit. The entire tour was wonderful. We left from the Kona location, our guide was Taj. He took great care of us! He taught us a lot about the Hawaiian culture, beliefs and about the BI in general. We learned more on this tour than we did in 2 weeks on the island. The food was surprisingly good (even the cornbread and we're from TX). The brownies and coco even better! The STARS - OMG, living in the city, it's easy 2 4get how many stars there r!!! Looking @ them thru a high powered telescope -whoa, spectacular! It's defiantly cold. Was wishing I had my long johns and UGG's, but worth braving the cold. We were there Feb/Mar so there was snow and crazy wind. Bathrooms along the way - not so great. But it's not like there's a gas station on every corner, so that is easily overlooked. This should be in the top 5 things 2 do while on the BI. If ur lucky enuff 2 get Taj, u have 2 ask him about "Andy's Star" and give him and Robert a big ole' "Hey Y'all" from T in TX!