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Experience breathtaking views of the horizon, Mauna Loa, Maui's Haleakala and other iconic Hawaiian sights from atop Hawaii's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea. With a trip to the summit from Hilo, you'll peek inside the world's largest telescope for an unparalleled look at the night sky. This excursion is perfect for couples and families who want to experience spectacular sunsets and incredible nighttime stargazing opportunities.


  • Stargaze from the summit of Mauna Kea with a trip from Hilo
  • Travel to the top of Hawaii’s tallest volcano
  • Gaze at the night sky through one of the world’s largest telescopes
  • Catch an epic sunset or views of Mauna Loa, Hualalai or Maui's Haleakala
  • Perfect for couples and families
  • Snuggle into provided parkas and sip hot beverages if the weather is chilly when the sun sets
  • A gradual ascent up and descent down the mountain allows guests to acclimate to the elevation change

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What You Can Expect

Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo

Sunset on Mauna Kea

Customer Reviews

Richard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful evening - even though it was cloudy and we did not get to star gaze, the trip to the top of Mauna Kea to see sunset was breath taking! The driver/guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with answers to all of our questions about the volcano. This turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip to the big island.

Carol K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Outstanding views at the top! We really enjoyed this trip and would do it again. Just incredible! The tour was great because we were picked up on the Hilo side of the island near where we were staying. The sights at the top were great and we saw a beautiful sunset. The stargazing was a bit disorganized, but you can really see all the stars up there including the Milky Way.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide, Edmond, was a great guy. We met our guide at Pu'u Huluhulu Steep Trail point off the Senator Daniel Inouye Highway across where you head up to Mauna Kea. Edmond was informative and did his best to help us get acclimatized to the altitude. His advise to walk slowly at top of mountain was good. Four of us went together. We were on a small group tour seven total, which was nice. We definitely recommend this tour. At the visitor's center where you stop before going up to top, we recommend that you immediately use the restroom before the lines get long. On top of mountain there are a few portable toilets. After sunset, everyone must leave the top but you come back to visitor's center for stargazing. The individual who providing the information while people had the opportunity to look though at least seven telescopes was great. They explain why you view the stars from the center. This is a trip worth going on.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing tour. Met and exceeded our expectations. Our guide was knowledgable and answered all of our questions. He was also incredibly chatty, which was great for us because it allowed us to learn a lot about Mauna Kea and Kauai. Incredible view from the summit and stars at the visitor center were breath taking. Definitely worth the money. A once in a lifetime experience and I would not venture up that road with a rental car something we tossed around for quite some time before booking this tour. Overall, great experience and would recommend to anyone looking to see a beautiful sunset and observatories at 14,000 feet.

Anja Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Trip was wonderfull. We were pickend up by our Guide Edmond on time and we starten our Trip to Mauna Kea. On the Way we made some Stopps and he told us a lot about history, nature and People in Hawaii. It was Perfect. Of course he cared a lot about our Safety. The Sunset was wonderfull ...Thank you for this wonderfull Time ..

Lilabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guides, Mike and Daisy! So nice to have warm gear included so you do not have to pack in your suitcase. Ramen not so tasty, but hot chocolate hit the spot. The altitude did greatly affect me, but so glad we did!

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely stunning sunsets and stargazing.
Edmond was very knowledgeable and friendly and made the trip very enjoyable. Wrap up warm! !

Florence R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The weather wasn't the best, too many clouds but there was a great sunset. Edmond was an excellent tour guide.

Thomas T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Renae T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Really interesting! Amazing views even though it had been raining all day. in the end you're above the clouds. Love to do it again.

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