Offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail, Maunakea Tour: Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure offers an exciting experience for guests ages 13 and older to enjoy. The adventure includes a drive to the Mauna Kea summit to find picturesque views ideal for taking photos, a provided picnic-style dinner, a hooded parka and warm gloves, an interpretive guide of Hawaii’s spectacular cultural and geological history.
Some observatories are open to the public daily until 4 PM. As our tour arrives after this time, the observatories are closed to visitors.
Average mean temperature is freezing.
The access road to the summit of Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. Our custom off-road motor coaches will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort.
An 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will be used.
The maximum guide to guest ratio is 1:14.
The permit allows for a maximum of 2 vehicles per night and our vans carry a maximum of 14 passengers.
The tour goes every night, weather permitting.
Children under 13 are not permitted on this tour due to altitude.
There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards.
Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months.
The summit of Mauna Kea is normally above the clouds. If the weather (clouds, snow, ice or high winds) cause us to cancel the tour, there is no charge, of course.