Mauna Kea Summit and Stars
Where better to see the stars than from the highest summit in Hawaii? Dress warm and prepare to be amazed!
Watch the sunset from 13,796 feet!
See the stars through a powerful telescope
Tour the night sky with expert guides
Personalized, small group tours
We provide a warm picnic dinner, assorted teas, hot chocolate and dessert.
Learn about Hawaiian celestial navigation.
Pictures taken of the night sky shared with you by email.
Warm weather gear is included: hooded parka and gloves.
Round trip transportation from Kona and Waikoloa in our 4-wheel drive mini coach.
Operating Hours and Schedule
- The Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Tour operates every Monday through Saturday with some exceptions.
- Tour start times change with the seasons.
- Please see the calendar for actual times and availability.
It gets very cold at night on Mauna Kea. Please wear closed-toe shoes, warm sock, long pant and a sweater.
Children under 13 are not permitted on this tour due to altitude.
Due to the high altitude, this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy, or poor health.
If you plan to scuba dive, do not plan to go to the summit within 24 hours after you dive due to the altitude.
Weather changes can occur quickly, and the access road to the summit can close without warning; therefore we cannot guarantee access to the summit or favorable conditions.
The only way to join this tour from Hilo is to meet at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy (also referred to as the Maunakea Visitors Center).
Afternoon trips depart from King Kamehameha Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort, and Paniolo Greens and the Waikoloa Plaza in the Waikoloa Village.