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Watching the sunset from the slopes of Mauna Kea is an amazing experience. The clear skies of Hawaiʻi offer an incredible perspective as the sun slowly slips over the horizon into the Pacific. Mauna Kea’s natural, cultural history, and geology will come to life as Hawaii Forest & Trail’s interpretive guides share their knowledge.

Adult Ages 13+
  • Manunakea Summit
  • Star Gazing
  • Picnic Dinner & Hot Chocolate Included

Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure

Guests are transported in a comfortably spaced 12 passenger 4WD vans with a dedicated interpretive guide. Hawaii Forest & Trail will take care of all your needs, from warm parkas, gloves, walking sticks, water, dinner, and hot chocolate. It’s time to plan your Big Adventure! Learn about the historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain regions and delight in the awe-inspiring Hawaiian sunset at the top of Maunakea, the highest point in the Pacific.

You’ll enjoy a warm picnic dinner and learn about Hawaiian star navigation. After enjoying a warm dinner outdoors and a scenic sunset, you’ll descend to a lower elevation experience a starlit sky unaffected by light pollution. Savor a cup of hot chocolate as you view the night’s sky through their 11″ Celestron Telescope. Views are compliments of Mother Nature.

Schedule: Afternoon trips depart Monday through Saturday from King Kamehameha Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort, and the Gilbert Kahele Recreational Park on Saddle Road. Approximately 7 – 8 hours round trip.

Included In Your Tour

They provide dinner, and hot chocolate, warm wear including a hooded parka and gloves, as well as walking sticks.

What to Bring & Wear

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

Know Before You Go

  • Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain.
  • The temperature can dip below freezing when at high elevations on the mountain.
  • They 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 13.