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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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Diane M
"Island bird Festival"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
The island bird Festival is what drew us to the Big Island. Lance gave a great tour in the morning. Gary was a great guide through the dry and rain forest. Very enjoyable time.
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JoniSD
San Diego, CA, USA
"Great Tours and Fantastic Guides"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
We have gone on several tours with Hawaii Forest and Trail and I can't say enough about them. They are a bit pricey, but they are very organized and think of everything. One of the tours I went on with them was part of the Hawaii Bird Festival, and they provided food and drinks throughout the day, had access to places we normally would not be allowed to go, and even thought of giving us cool towels at the end of the day to refresh ourselves with. The vans have great air conditioning, plugs for your mobile devices, and off road tires so they can go just about anywhere. The guides are great; very knowledgeable and helpful. You can't go wrong with them, regardless of the tour you take. I just wish they had branches on the other islands. But I've been back to the Big Island 2 times just so I could take tours with them!
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elizabirder
Delaware City, Delaware
"We were on the Hawaii Birding Festival trips"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
Oh my! The first thing super great was the van. It was a van like no other birding van, a Mercedes Sprinter. That was nice we could stand up and it was super comfy. Then came the breakfast, hot and fruity with fabulous coffee, what a way to start out on a beautifully misty morning. We then begant he birding and WOW! oh WOW! The guides were extremely knowledgeable. They told us all kinds of cool natural history associated with the habitat and the bird themselves. The birds are super specialized on the islands and we got to see all the special ones we set out to see. We had a fabulous brown bag lunch. Did I mention there was only paper trash and not one plastic--one use--water bottle to have to throw out or recycle. They reuse their own nalgene non BPA water bottles and have their own kitchen sterilizer. That was the most wonderful thing since we were on an island and the islands suffer from plastic trash on their beaches. I have never been on a birding trip where I felt so cared for and the earth was so cared for any where on earth--and I've been a lot of places, birding. I highly recommend this company for their land stewardship alone.
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copperfields1
Reading, United Kingdom
"Mauna Kea Summit & Stars"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
What a fantastic trip this was. Our excursion leader Joe was a great host, he had lots of interesting facts and stories to share with us on our bus journey. We had a good picnic , and were provided with warm coats and gloves at the summit, which were much appreciated The views from the summit were amazing and we saw a fantastic sunset. We now have knowledge of stars and star gazing that we never had before. All in all a great excursion well worth the money, thank you
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Anonymous
"Dry and Rain Forest Birding Tour and Mauna Kea observatory Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
Both tour guides- Gary and Jeff were fantastic- very knowledgeable, accommodating, interactive, and thorough. I will ONLY use Hawaii Forest and Trail tours from now on. I wanted to learn about the flora, fauna, stars, birds, geology, night skies, and history of the island and I got all and more. Plus these tours not only feed your interests, they feed your appetite, as well! Gary (birding) and Jeff (Mauna Kea) are part of a business model that trains their employees to continuously learn more about this island 's evolution. These tours are like delightful experiential, nature seminars suitable for all ages. I will only recommend this tour company going forward. And the added bonus was that the tour guides leading the two tours I took were both outstanding. Five stars!
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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.