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Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience

  • Experience sunrise from the top of the Big Island's Mauna Kea volcano
  • Watch the purple, blue, orange and red rays of light as the sun peaks over the horizon
  • Explore the unique plant life of the volcano at the Silversword enclosure
Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience
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Start your morning on the Big Island on top of the world (literally) during this 6-hour sunrise trip to the peak of Mauna Kea. Watch the first rays of light peek across the horizon from the 13,000-foot (3,900-meter) summit before descending for an included continental breakfast and visit to the Mauna Kea Silversword plant enclosure.
What to Expect
Meet up with your group in the very early morning before sunrise at the Kona headquarters of Hawaii Forest & Trail, or make prior arrangements for a hotel pickup (select hotels only). From there you’ll begin an ascent up the slopes of this 13,000-foot (3,900-meter) volcanic peak.

While en route, stop by the Ellison Onizuza Visitors Information Station, where you can indulge with a hot drink and start acclimating to the change in altitude. You’ll then proceed to the summit, arriving with enough time to watch the magnificent sunrise as it begins to peak over the horizon, glowing with rays of pink, purple, orange, blue and red light.

After experiencing the ultimate high-altitude sunrise, head back down the mountain to celebrate with an included continental breakfast. As you drive to your morning meal, your guide will share insights about the volcano’s array of telescopes and its importance to the worldwide scientific community. Following breakfast, you’ll also have time for a walk amidst the volcano’s unique Silversword plant enclosure before returning to your original starting point.
Reviews (52)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
excellent tour

Although ice had closed the road to the summit, we still had a great time seeing the sunrise from near the ranger station. Also, we stopped on the way down the mountain for a great photo op, and then saw more beautiful and fascinating stuff...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank rmichels57
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Incredible Views

This was an amazing experience and definitely worth waking up early for. Our tour guide was Matt who was super sweet and very knowledgable about different stars and the island itself. I saw more stars than I'd ever seen in my life which was incredible,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Camper35920306245
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

It’s not fun to get up in the middle of the night, 2.30am,and get picked up by a tour bus but it’s totally worth it. Our guide Matt was super knowledgeable and showed the different constellations in the sky. The sky was clear and you...More

1  Thank jennyf791
Reviewed 5 November 2018
The Sunrise is Amazing!!

This review is about the Mauna Kea Summit SUNRISE Tour: I can't say enough about how wonderful this tour was! We met Justin, our tour guide, at the Hawaii Forest and Trail office in Kona at 2:40 am and were on our way shortly after....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Adventurer568444
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile
Breathtaking Sunrise on Mauna Kea

We had initially wanted to do the star gazing trip but it was booked all week. Since we were still on East Coast time we decided to go for the Sunrise Tour. We arrived at Forest and Trial at 2:40 to board our luxury van....More

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Amy B
5 July 2018|
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Response from wyada | Reviewed this property |
Hi you don’t get very long - probably 15-20 minutes. Also you do the star viewing from an observatory at about 9000 ft - not the summit. After doing the star viewing you drive to the top for sunrise. It’s a public road to... More
3 May 2018|
Response from wyada | Reviewed this property |
I think the minibus holds about 12 people so you would need to book the whole thing. I’m sure HF&T could advise. But nb the whole thing is very weather dependent - we were cancelled once before we got on the trip - and the... More
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