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Big Island: Mauna Kea Summit Sunrise Experience

Product ID: 177651
Start your Hawaiian day like never before, from the top of the tallest volcano on earth. See the night sky and learn about the stars above. Witness the morning drenched in brilliant sunrise colors and with exclusive access to Mauna Kea summit.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pickup is available at select hotels & resorts. Please look for out for your guide and a white 4x4 14 passenger vans.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See the night sky on the slope of Maunakea before the day’s first light
  • Take in the sunrise at the top of Maunakea, amidst the world’s largest collection of research telescopes
  • Enjoy a hot breakfast after soaking in the morning's first rays
  • Learn about the cultural and scientific significance of the mountain
Full description
Enjoy an early morning hot beverage as you stargaze from one of the world's best astronomical viewing points and highest mountain tops in the world. Learn about the constellations of the stars and the ancient wisdom of Polynesian navigators, who used celestial navigation to sail the 6 million square miles of open ocean in the Polynesian triangle.

After a magical start to your day, ascend to the peak to watch the sunrise. As the stars begin to quiet, see the morning sky begin to light up in brilliant shades of red, orange, purple and blue. Sitting quietly at 13,000 feet, in the middle of the ocean, watch the island light up below you.

On your descent, your guide will teach you about the cultural and scientific significance of the mountain, and the interesting history of the world’s greatest collection of telescopes. Savor a tasty continental breakfast picnic at the private Humu'ula Historic Sheep Station at Maunakea's base. 
  • Interpretive Naturalist guide
  • Filtered water
  • Walking sticks
  • Hooded winter parkas
  • Optical guides for stargazing
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Delicious hot breakfast
  • Hot beverages, hot chocolate, tea and 100% Kona coffee
  • Select hotel pickup and drop-off in Kohala or Hilo Resorts
  • Local taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Jacket
  • Closed-toe shoes
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• Guests should wear a sweater or jacket, long pants, and covered walking shoes with warm socks
• Persons with respiratory or heart conditions, pregnant women, or those in poor health should not access the summit
• Scuba divers please note that summit altitude is over 13,000 feet, 4000 meters
• Children under 16 are not allowed on summit tours
• Delicious hot breakfast is included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Matt was our guide and he was wildly knowledgeable and made the trip even more enjoyable! The star gazing was breathtaking and indescribable. Seeing snow at the summit and learning about the sacred Ahu just added to how special the sunrise was. You’re above the clouds and it’s absolutely gorgeous - and that’s an understatement. Matt was even able to answer many questions about native plants and wildlife and gave great tips for places to see while on the island. It’s was a great experience and well worth waking up at 1am!

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Hawaii Forest & Trail

Product ID: 177651