Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable journey with the Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure by Hawaii Forest & Trail. This extraordinary tour takes you from sea level to the summit of Maunakea, nearly 14,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and astronomical wonders. The Maunakea Summit & Stars Adventure offers a unique combination of stunning natural vistas, cultural exploration, and unparalleled stargazing. Whether you’re an astronomy enthusiast or simply seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this tour promises an awe-inspiring adventure that you’ll never forget. Join Hawaii Forest & Trail for an evening of discovery and wonder atop Maunakea. The Maunakea Summit & Stars Giveback tour combines our popular Maunakea Summit & Stars experience with an added volunteer opportunity to benefit the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative!  Our journey from sea level, through an endangered dry forest, and to the nearly 14,000-foot summit of Maunakea reveals the wonders and world-class clarity of the Hawaiian night sky.


  • Warm Picnic Dinner: Enjoy a delightful picnic-style dinner.
  • Historical Insights: Your guide will share fascinating historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain lands.
  • Sunset Views: Delight in the awe-inspiring sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Private Star Show: Sip hot chocolate during your private star show with an 11” Celestron telescope.
  • Digital Telescope Viewing: View deep space objects with our Stellina digital telescope and share captured images of the Hawaiian night sky with your friends and family.
Hawaii Forest and Trail Tour Bus with Stars. Mauna Kea, Hawai'i. August 2010.


  • Around 7 to 8 hours


  • Easy to Moderate


  • Afternoon trips depart daily from:
  • Kona King Kamehameha Courtyard Marriott
  • Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort
  • Waikoloa Plaza in Waikoloa Village
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  • Please note that this tour has a late return time. Be sure to have return transportation confirmed and scheduled from your designated pick-up location.

What’s Included

  • Dinner: Picnic-style dinner with warm selections of Southwest Stew or Vegetarian Chili (vegan, GF), assorted teas, hot chocolate, and cookies for dessert.

Gear Provided

  • Warm wear including hooded parkas and gloves

What to Bring & Wear

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants
  • Sweatshirt or sweater


  • Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain.
  • We sometimes encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.
  • Due to 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 13.
  • Other tour restrictions may apply.

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