Mauna Kea Summit Tours

Hawaii Forest & Trail - Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

Please note: Due to the popularity of this tour, please call us at 866-482-9775 to check availability if booking within the next month. Tour participants must be at least 16 years old to go to the summit.

What could be more romantic than taking one of our sunrise Tours to Mauna Kea and watching the sun rise up over the rim of a volcano? Whether you choose to take a Mauna Kea Summit Tours or one of our Mauna Kea Observatory Tours, you have the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime adventure by exploring a volcano on one of our Mauna Kea Tours!  With the help of and Mauna Kea Tours, our Mauna Kea Observatory Tours will not cease to amaze you with beauty and savings! 

All of our Mauna Kea Tours are completely safe and fun for the entire family!  Whether you want to learn the geography of the Big Island or the volcanic history of Mauna Kea, all of our Tours to Mauna Kea are absolutely breathtaking. Why just stop with one of our Mauna Kea Summit Tours? Add a Mauna Kea Observatory Tours adventure to your things to do on Big Island and save!

Watch a spectacular sunset from the Summit of Mauna Kea 13,796 ft above sea level.  Next you will enjoy stargazing at the 9,200 ft level at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy. You will have the use of the world's largest and most sophisticated telescopes.

The Summit of Mauna Kea is famous for its snow-capped mountaintops during the winter months. Passengers are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, and a jacket. Boxed dinner, hot chocolate, hot tea, bottled water, cookies, telescope, jackets and gloves are provided.

All of our Tours to Mauna Kea are tailored for your individual tastes. Whether you want to enjoy the romance of booking one of our intimate Mauna Kea Summit Tours or challenge yourself to one of our endurance Tours to Mauna Kea, you won’t be disappointed. All of the Mauna Kea Tours are photo opportunities so don’t forget your sports camera! Even if you’re more of a quieter tourist, choose the Mauna Kea  Observatory Tours and add it to your itinerary!

Our Mauna Kea Summit Tours are both whimsical and fun; an adventurous touch to your Big Island trip. Whether the Mauna Kea Observatory Tours tempts you or you crave the exhilaration of perching yourself on the rim of Mauna Kea, you won’t lose when booking any of our Tours to Mauna Kea. All of the Mauna Kea Tours are an adventure waiting to happen!

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a warm picnic dinner on the beautiful mountain while learning about Hawaiian star navigation
  • Your guide will share historic accounts of early travelers through the mountain lands
  • Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset at the top of Maunakea, the highest point in the Pacific
  • Stand amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes
  • Sip hot chocolate during your private starshow at 9,000 feet elevation with an 11” Celestron telescope
Tour Inclusions:
  • Dinner choice of one of the following:
    • Teriyaki Chicken (gluten free) - served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, yellow squash, with a garlic & white wine sauce, and a caramelized pineapple garnish (sauce made with soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic and sesame oil)
    • Kalbi Beef Short Ribs (gluten free) - served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, yellow squash, with a garlic & white wine sauce, and a caramelized pineapple garnish (sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar, ginger and garlic)
    • Vegetarian Thai Curry (gluten & dairy free, vegetarian, & vegan) - served with brown rice, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, portobello mushroom, sugar snap peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, bok choy (sauce made with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, coconut milk, coriander, paprika, tomato puree, thai curry paste, cumin and soy sauce)
    • Food is prepared in a facility with nuts, oils & other potential allergens; please be aware cross contamination may occur during preparation and inquire about any allergy concerns before booking)
  • Assorted teas
  • Hot chocolate and brownies served for dessert
  • Warm hooded parkas and gloves are provided
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Where and When:
Afternoon departure, between 1:30 pm and 3 pm. The exact departure time depends on the season and will be specified on your voucher.
Tour departs from the following locations:
Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters, 73-5593A Olowalu St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 View Map
Please meet us across the street from Home Depot at our Kona Headquarters. This is a departure point for many Hawaii Forest & Trail Tours. This location also has a 900 sq. ft. retail store that includes outdoor gear and apparel, books, maps and gift items.

Queen's Marketplace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI 96738 (near Charlie's Thai Cuisine) View Map
The backside of this popular shopping area serves as a pickup location for many Hawaii Forest & Trail tours. Look for Charlie's Thai Cuisine, and HF&T will be at the curb!
Guests must be 16 and older to go the summit part of this tour. Please call us at 866-482-9775 if you still wish to include a guest younger than 16 on the tour.
They can go but any guest younger than 16 and an adult chaperone must stay behind and wait for the tour to get back from the summit which can take about 2 hours or a little longer.
Mauna Kea summit tours are not recommended for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions (no pacemakers), pregnant women and those who have conditions not conducive to high altitude or physical activity.
Children under 16 are not permitted on this tour due to altitude.
The tour is also not recommended for people who have been scuba diving in the past 24 hours.
Participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability.
Participants should be able to hike on rocky or uneven terrain.
Special Notes:
Be prepared to encounter muddy, wet or cool conditions. The average mean temperature at the summit is freezing.
Operation Days:
Approx. 7-8 hours roundtrip
Hawaii Forest and Trail
Max. of 14 guests per tour
Hooded parkas and warm gloves are provided. We utilize an 11 Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for stargazing.
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