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  • Address: Saddle Road, Hilo 96720, USA
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 10pm
  • Admission: Free

Big Island of Hawaii ATTRACTIONS See all

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Whether you’re a budding astrophysicist or just a fan of Big Bang Theory, take the opportunity while you’re on the Big Island to visit the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatory.

At a lofty height of 13,796 ft (4,138 m) Mauna Kea is Hawaii's tallest mountain, and the summit is topped with astronomical observatories from around the world.

The Visitor Information Station is at a lowly 9,300 ft (2,790 m) elevation, and from here a rugged hiking trail winds to the summit. It takes around five hours and you need to be fit and prepared for all kinds of weather conditions.

The visitor center has interactive displays and videos, with interactive telescopes, talks and tours. It also runs escorted tours to the summit.

Practical Info

The Visitor Information Station is an hour’s drive from Hilo, via Highway 200. The best way to get here, and to the summit, is on an organized tour.

Tours & Tickets

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, null
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 128 Reviews

Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.71
Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & ... 
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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Take your need for speed to new heights on this thrilling Helicopter, zipline and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adventure. Imagine soaring over the ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $619.00
Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

Get breathtaking views of Hawaii from the air! On this deluxe, two-hour helicopter tour of the Big Island, you’ll take off from Kona and fly above ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 100-120 minutes

From USD $499.00
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter ... 
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

Mauna Kea Summit is home to the world's largest telescopes and has atmospheric clarity better than anywhere else on earth. Breathtaking views from Hawaii's ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Mauna Kea is home to the world's largest telescopes and has atmospheric clarity better than anywhere else on earth. You'll see breathtaking views from Hawaii's ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Mauna Kea - Above the Clouds - Sunrise Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Mauna Kea - Above the Clouds - Sunrise Tour

Avoid the overly-crowded sunset on Mauna Kea. Wake up early and take advantage of the glorious sunrise on this 7-hour tour. Enjoy breakfast and the ease of ...  Read more

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Mauna Kea Voyage, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & Wildlife
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Mauna Kea Voyage

Embark on a remarkable road trip to the heavenly realm of Maunakea--the world’s tallest mountain. Traditionally the sacred home of Hawaiian deities, today ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours 12 minutes (approx.)

From USD $176.04

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