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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nitarich15
Seattle, Washington
"Great Outdoor Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
We had a great time and Gary was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide. The van, the food and refreshments were all 1st class.
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Alison F
Houston, Texas, United States
"Lava Tour with Melanie"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
I have visited the big island four times and finally found the tour I was looking for. Our guide Melanie was amazing. We learned a ton and had an amazing hike out to see live lava flow.
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acthibault
"Uncle Danny"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
Uncle Danny is the greatest guide ever. His knowledge of the island and its inhabitants is unparalleled, and he made the Big Island feel like home for the day. Such an amazing experience!
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Anonymous
"Great Fun on Mauna Kea!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
The Mauna Kea Summit and Stars tour was outstanding! Our guide Jeff made the tour safe, fun and memorable - he was extremely knowledgeable about geology, Hawaiian culture and astronomy. Jeff's friendly, personable style and willingness to answer any questions made our group of 14 relaxed and happy. We've been all over the world, on many tours, but this was the best!
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Livelife88
"Fantastic "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
Did the Mauna Kea sunset summit and stars tour. This tour included going up 14000ft to see the sunset into the clouds and then an hour or so of star gazing following the sunset. Our tour guide, Joe was absolutely amazing and clearly passionate at what he does. He was so informative and knowledgeable on various different topics which kept the tour interesting. I wasn't expecting much from the dinner but was pleasantly surprised by what we received. The brownies and hot chocolate while star gazing was a perfect touch to wrap things up. One thing for future tour goers...bring extra warm clothes.. No amount of warning can truely prepare you for the temperatures up there.
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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.