Mauna Kea Summit And Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Departure time varies between 1:40pm and 4:00pm, depending on the time of year and accommodations
  • Departure Details :
    Tour departs from operator’s Kona Headquarters on Olowalu Street (in Kaloko Industrial Park) , or Waikoloa Queens’ MarketPlace.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. Discover Hawaii from the top of the island's tallest peak, Mauna Kea, also known as 'White Mountain,' located 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Limited to 28 people, this small-group star-watching tour ensures a personalized and unique experience at the enchanting Mauna Kea summit.

Highlights

  • Free snacks included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • See the sights illuminated at night
  • Dinner included

Know More about this tour

View a spectacular sunset from the top of Mauna Kea and enjoy a unique stargazing experience on this Big Island adventure tour. After departing from Hawaii Forest & Trail's Kona Headquarters and a brief pickup from the Queens' MarketPlace in Waikoloa, you'll travel toa Hawaiian historical ranch in a 4x4 luxury van at the base ofMauna Kea.

Enjoy a hot, picnic-style dinner (see sample menu in the Itinerary section below) at a former Hawaiian ranch site where you're provided with a warm, hooded parka. Then prepare to make the climb to the summit area of Mauna Kea, learning about the Big Island's cultural, natural and ecological history from your naturalist guide.

From the summit, enjoy views of Mauna Loa and see Maui's volcano, Haleakala, along with other special points of interest. Stand among some of the earth's most powerful telescopes as you enjoy the sunset view.

After sunset, travel to the Mauna Kea Visitor Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 meters), where your guide sets up a telescope for a personal, entertaining and educational star party. Learn how Mauna Kea's unique geography draws scientists from all over the world to study the heavens, and also allows for incredible nighttime views of the stars.

Enjoy hot beverages and dessert as your guide gives a personal astronomy lesson before your return to Kona.

Itinerary:

Picnic Dinner Menu (please specify at booking):

1. Teriyaki Chicken (gluten free)
Served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce, and a caramelized pineapple garnish 

2. Kalbi Beef Short Ribs (gluten free)
Served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce, and a caramelized pineapple garnish

3. Vegetarian Thai Curry (gluten & dairy free, vegetarian, vegan)
served with brown rice, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, portobello mushroom, sugar snap peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, bok choy

*Food is prepared in a facility with nuts, oils, & other potential allergens; please be aware cross contamination may occur during preparation.

Sauce Ingredients:

Thai Curry Sauce
Lemon grass, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, coconut milk, coriander, paprika, tomato puree, Thai Curry Paste, cumin and gluten free soy sauce

Teriyaki Sauce for Chicken
Soy sauce (gluten free), sugar, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil

Teriyaki Sauce for Short Ribs
Soy Sauce (gluten free), mirin, sake, sugar, ginger, garlic

Inclusions

  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas and gloves
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Minimum age is 16 years

Due to the high altitude; this tour is not suitable for those with respiratory, heart or circulatory conditions, poor health, or pregnancy

Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers

Please advise your parka size (small, medium, large, x-large or xx-large) and choice of meal (Teriyaki Chicken, Kalbi Beef Ribs, or Vegetarian Thai Curry) at time of booking. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly.

There is minimal walking on this tour, the maximum being about 150 yards

We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, long pants and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket

The access road to Mauna Kea is four-wheel drive only, so it can be bumpy. The custom off-road transit vans will get you to the top and back in safety and comfort. The transit vans can carry a maximum of 14 passengers

Snow is seasonal at Mauna Kea, with the heaviest snowfall occurring during the winter months

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

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