Maunakea Sunrise Adventure in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 A Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Overview

Hike to the top of the tallest volcano on Earth and see a sunrise of epic proportions. This 7-hour excursion includes breakfast at the Onizuka Visitors Center, transportation to the volcano, and parkas. Wake up early and dress warmly for this one-of-a-kind tour to the top of a volcano. Throughout your adventure, your knowledgeable tour guide will educate you on Hawaii’s history, culture, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona Travel Experts
  • A complimentary breakfast is included in the tour.
  • Tour duration: approximately 7 hours.
  • Dress warmly as temperatures in the early morning can be chilly.
  • Recommended for ages 16 and up.
  • Minimal walking happens on this tour. Transportation is bumpy, however.

Description

from Maunakea Sunrise Adventure
Start your Hawaiian day like never before...from the top of the tallest volcano on earth. Your journey begins early in the morning while the rest of the island sleeps. After a brief stop at the Ellison Onizuka Visitor's Information Station to acclimate and serve hot drinks, you then head to the summit to watch the first rays of dawn crawl across the landscape. See the morning sky light up in brilliant shades of red, orange, purple, and blue. On the way down, learn about the cultural and scientific significance of the mountain, as you past the wold's greatest collection of telescopes. You'll drop back down to 9,000 feet elevation where a tasty continental breakfast will be served before you have the opportunity to walk the endangered Mauna Kea Silversword enclosure, and view the exhibits of the visitor's center.

Highlights:
- 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 breakfast at Onizuka visitors center followed by a short walk through the Maunakea Silversword enclosure.

Continental Breakfast: Assorted sliced fresh fruit, fresh baked banana bread, croissants, boiled egg, yogurt, granola, 100% Kona Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Assorted teas.

Tour Duration: 7 hours

Restrictions & Recommendations: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers. No children under 16. Other tour restrictions may apply.

Guests are provided hooded parkas, but should bring a sweater or jacket; wear long pants and covered walking shoes with warm socks.

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976kris
Constantine Bay, United Kingdom
"Fantastice views, great day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
Frank was very informative, and helpful. The water in the last waterfall was quite cold, but worth the dip after the hike!
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jdbalaska
Anchorage, Alaska
"Kilauea Lava Hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2018 NEW
This is the most demanding hike offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail, 2-3 hours each way over an uneven lava flow, the return hike in the dark using headlamps, with lots of ups and downs and crevices to step over. You should be in reasonable condition and have a positive mental attitude. They provide headlamps, walking sticks, day packs, rain jackets and other gear. We arrived at the active lava flows just after sunset. The opportunity to see actively flowing, red hot, molten lava is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is truly spectacular. Our guide, Melanie, was very knowledgeable about volcanoes, local history, and Hawaiian culture, language, and ecology. The tour includes dinner at a restaurant in Hilo around 11 pm with return to the Kohala pick-up location around 12:30 am. The only negative thing about the hike was the large crowd of people at the lava flows, including other tour groups and individual hikers, which involved jostling for viewing positions while taking care not to get dangerously close to the molten lava. Despite this, I highly recommend this tour, provided people understand that it is physically demanding.
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Marie-Noëlle D
Montreal, Canada
"Unbelievable, lava hike !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
Mahalo guys, one of the best experience ever ! I would do it again with my love one's😍 Can believe how close to the lava we were !!!
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Michael S
"Muana Kea"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2018 NEW
Excellent trip. Hank was a wonderful guide and had a great deal of information to give us. Was very focus on making all of us comfortable throughout the trip!
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crestoneprop
Denver, Colorado
"Star Gazing with Heraldo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2018 NEW
It is difficult to offer an overall rating since we could not approach the summit of Mauna Kea due to road closure. The summit was the sole reason for signing up for the outing. We were able to drive to the summit on Sunday since the road opened on our way to the airport. We would not have scheduled the trip for a dinner and star gazing. All of that said, our party of four thought Heraldo was the most extraordinary person we encountered on our Hawaii vacation....and probably this year. Amazing and gracious individual.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maunakea Sunrise Adventure

Are guests allowed to go into the observatories? 
There are currently no observatories open to the public during the time we are on the mountain.

How cold is it at the summit of Maunakea? 
Average mean temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 Celsius

Is the vehicle ride bumpy and windy? 
The access road to the summit of Maunakea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. Our custom off-road motor coaches will get you to the top and back as comfortably as possible

Will there be star gazing? 
You will have the opportunity to see the night's sky before the first light from the visitor's center at 9,000 feet, your guide will point out some points of interest, but we will not be viewing stars with a telescope.

What is the guide to guest ratio? 
Our maximum guide to guest ratio is 1:14

Are children allowed on this tour? 
Children under 13 are not permitted on this tour due to altitude. Children 13 to 15 require an additional waiver signed by their parents.

Is there much walking/hiking on this tour? 
There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards

Will there be snow on our trip? 
Snow is seasonal at Maunakea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months

What if it’s cloudy on Maunakea? 
The summit of Maunakea is normally above the clouds. We cannot always predict the weather however, if the weather (clouds, snow, ice or high winds) cause us to cancel the tour, you will not be charged.

Is food included?
Yes. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast at the Onizuka Visitors Center. Breakfast includes assorted sliced fresh fruit, fresh baked banana bread , croissants, boiled egg, yogurt, granola, 100% Kona Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Assorted Teas.

Are guests provided with any gear?
Guests are provided with hooded parkas.

What should I wear/bring on this tour?
It is recommended that guests bring a sweater or jacket and wear long pants and covered walking shoes with warm socks.

Are there any health restrictions for this tour?
Yes. Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers.