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Experience breathtaking views from Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest volcano, on a 7-hour evening tour. Gaze at the spectacular sunset and the stars from the summit of Mauna Kea after taking the scenic drive from either Kona or Waikoloa. Enjoy the atmospheric clarity and access to the world's largest telescopes at the Visitor Information Station for superb viewing opportunities. View the heavens and places such as Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Haleakala on Maui, while hearing from your guide about the natural, cultural, and geologic history of Hawaii.


  • 7-hour sunset tour to Mauna Kea summit, from Kailua Kona or Waikoloa
  • Be amazed at the views from the summit of Mauna Kea Summit 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) above sea level
  • Spot Haleakala on Maui, and Mauna Loa and Hualalai on the Big Island
  • Learn from the guide about Hawaii’s geology, wildlife and history
  • See an amazing sunset and brilliant stars from the summit
  • Stay warm at the summit while sipping hot cocoa and slurping noodle soup

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What You Can Expect

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Kona and Waikoloa - Small Group Tour

Sunset on Mauna Kea

Customer Reviews

charles s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We enjoyed a safe drive and comfortable accommodations in a 4WD Expedition SUV. Pickup was on time at our Hotel in Waikoloa which says alot already. We had friendly conversation with our guide both there and back. He also thoroughly explained why it was necessary to stay at the 9000 ft viewing area to acclimate to the altitude before going onto the 14,000 ft peak, where there is 40 less air oxygen than at 9000 ft. He was very attentive to my family as some of us still experienced the dizziness and shortness of breath associated with the altitude. Thank you After the sunset, we went back to the viewing area and waited for the dun to set and the stars to POP! So beautiful.

Edward R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Edmund was an awesome guide!!! Very knowledgeable and fun too! Plus he was super nice about the fact that I'm afraid of heights and stayed away from the edge of the road as we went up to the summit.

Jill R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The travel guide Daisy was fabulous...had much knowledge about the Island, and Botany!I would recommend this trip to absolutely everyone who has an adventurous spirit..

Sharon E W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Tour guide Edmond fabulous as well as the comfort of the SUV to drive us to the top of Mauna Kea. Great tour. Would recommend this to anyone and request Edmond if possible.

Yizhou Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was amazing!

Clay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Awesome adventure. The view and stars where magnificent. Our guide was very engaging and had a lot of interesting stories. I would highly recommend it.

jessica b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Once in a Lifetime experience. The hospitality was amazing!

Erik O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Activity was great! Beautiful sunset and wonderful view of the stars.

Tour was really small van could only fit 7 driver, and there was only 4 of us for a lot of it. Tour guide was a bit bit of the sexist type and a bit full of it. I'd recommend the tour, not the guide Edmund.

Michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Totally awesome tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and a sure and confident driver going up the mountain. He got us to the very best spot for the sunset and helped us get the best photos possible. This was a great value and I highly recommend it to others.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My big island trip was fantastic! Edmond who guided us came to hotel to pick up and explained about the island in detail so that I could be well awared of the island. He was so kind and friendly that he cared about our condition and told. I would like to recommend him to other travelers.

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