Mauna Kea Summit & Stars
Vendor: Hawaii Forest and Trail - Big Island
Category: Star Gazing
Location: Hawaii


Duration: 7-8 hours

Rated: Easy to Moderate, Ages 16+

Group Size: Max 9

Our journey from sea level to the nearly 14,000-foot summit of Maunakea reveals the wonders and world-class clarity of the Hawaiian night sky.

Maunakea Summit & Stars Highlights:

  • Enjoy a warm picnic dinner at our private location and learn about Hawaiian star navigation.
  • Learn about the historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain regions
  • Delight in the awe-inspiring Hawaiian sunset at the top of Maunakea, the highest point in the Pacific
  • Descend to a lower elevation at 9,000 ft. as the sun slips over the horizon
  • Sip hot chocolate during a private star show with our 11” Celestron telescope

Please read restrictions and FAQ carefully before booking this experience.

Time: Tour is approx. 7-8 hours. Travel time round-trip is approx. 3.5 hours from Waikoloa resorts


Weather changes can occur quickly, and the access road to the summit can close without warning; therefore we cannot guarantee access to the summit or favorable conditions. Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. The temperature can dip below freezing when at high elevations on the mountain. We sometimes encounter cold, wet, or muddy conditions. Due to the high altitude, this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy, or poor health. If you plan to scuba dive, do not plan to go to the summit within 24 hours after you dive due to the altitude. No children under 16. Other tour restrictions may apply – please contact us at 808.331.8505 for more information.

What to Bring & Wear:

Reusable water bottle, Closed-toe shoes, Warm Socks and/or leggings, long pants, and a sweatshirt or sweater. Winter parkas and gloves are provided.

Gear Provided:

We provide warm wear including, hooded parkas and gloves. A reusable water bottle may be available for purchase.


Picnic style dinner, assorted teas, hot chocolate, and dessert.

Afternoon trips depart daily from Hawaii Forest & Trail in Kona, Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort, and Lava Java located in the Waikoloa Village Shopping Center. 7 - 8 hours round trip.

Please Read:

COVID 19 Health & Safety Policy:

Hawaii Forest & Trail has implemented new Health and Safety Policies based on guidance and requirements by the State of Hawaii and CDC. The following requirements will need to be met in order to join us:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test through the Hawaii Safe Travel Program or proof of 14 day quarantine (airline generated flight itinerary) Test results must be presented upon check-in. Without this, you will not be permitted on the vehicle!
  • Health Questionnaire and temperature check with contactless infrared thermometer must be completed prior to your participation
  • Face masks are required at all times in our vehicles, anywhere inside or outdoors around the Maunakea Visitor’s center and summit area, and wherever social distancing is not possible. Guests must follow guide instructions regarding masks and social distancing.
  • Group sizes are limited to 9 guests.
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Per Person (13+)$295.00