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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Fiona-Johnson
Victoria, Canada
"Great Waterfall Tour, more than just waterfalls! Great Guide! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
My husband and I did the Hilo Tropical Waterfall tour in November and I have to say this was one of my favourite tours I have done on the Island. It’s more than just waterfalls, you are given a bit of a tour of the local area, farms, sampling of produce and history of the area as you wind your way up to the private land where you start going from waterfall to waterfall. It’s been a few months but if memory serves me right, our tour guide was Brett. I have to say, he was fantastic, my all time favourite tour guide. He has a really deep appreciation for the Hilo area, the people, and everything about it and he wants to share that with you. But he does it in a very subtle way, he doesn’t shove it in your face, he offers it to you to appreciate if you choose to. But it’s clear, he loves his job, and he wants you to have a great, fun, relaxing experience. He was very open to all the many questions I peppered him with during the four hour tour. His was simply great. We sampled some raw macadamia nuts fresh harvested from the farm land we were on. As well as a fruit, similar to Lychee but different but I cannot remember the name now, but they were delicious. We visited 4 sets of falls, the last one being the biggest and that’s where we spent a good 45 minutes swimming, paddle boarding etc at the falls. It was really beautiful and we loved it. After we walked back up to the main house on the property and had lunch on the deck overlooking the waterfall. I had the chicken macadamia nut salad sandwich which was very nice. If you love waterfalls and want to swim at one, this is the tour to do. Many waterfalls are on private land and not accessible unless you do a tour which I highly recommend doing. Loved this tour and would do it again.
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Navigate50311018642
"Waterfall Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
Great trip! We were concerned about the weather due to the big storm the day before our trip. It turned out to be fabulous! The waterfalls were raging and beautiful! We did get a little sprinkle and some wind, but the equipment that Hawaii Forest and Trail provided kept us warm. Our Guide Mark was Fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour and this company.
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Linda W
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"Hualalai crater hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2019 NEW
Excellent, tough wine in places, but very doable. Great guide! Beautiful. Learned about plants and the local birds that live at that elevation. Guide was exceptional in pointing them out by sight and sound.
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Roving03751290778
"Sunrise from Mauna Kea."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2019 NEW
Wonderful trip with Mateo. Great views of the heavenly sky with hot chocolate. See the Southern Cross together with Polaris was a first. The summit trip was exhilarating with bracing wind and cold conditions with great views. Mateo was an encyclopedia of knowledge and clearly loves his work. Very inspiring.
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PopCritic
Whidbey Island, Washington
"Highlight of our trip to the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2019 NEW
We wanted to go to the summit of Mauna Kea and booked the Hawaii Forest and Trail sunset and stargazing tour. Every detail of the trip was exceptional from the delicious dinner to the professional, educated, friendly guide. Email reminders and calls were especially reassuring. We look forward to going again some day!
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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.