Meet up with your group in the very early morning before sunrise at the Kona headquarters of Hawaii Forest & Trail, or make prior arrangements for a hotel pickup (select hotels only). From there you’ll begin an ascent up the slopes of this 13,000-foot (3,900-meter) volcanic peak.
While en route, stop by the Ellison Onizuza Visitors Information Station, where you can indulge with a hot drink and start acclimating to the change in altitude. You’ll then proceed to the summit, arriving with enough time to watch the magnificent sunrise as it begins to peak over the horizon, glowing with rays of pink, purple, orange, blue and red light.
After experiencing the ultimate high-altitude sunrise, head back down the mountain to celebrate with an included continental breakfast. As you drive to your morning meal, your guide will share insights about the volcano’s array of telescopes and its importance to the worldwide scientific community. Following breakfast, you’ll also have time for a walk amidst the volcano’s unique Silversword plant enclosure before returning to your original starting point.