Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

Our Mauna Kea Summit Tour is designed to showcase the beauty and wonder of one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Mauna Kea (meaning “white mountain”) is historically and culturally very significant to the Hawaiian people, and because of its contributions to geology and astronomy, to the world as well.

Our local guides will enlighten you with the sacredness and cultural aspect of Mauna Kea.

A spiritual high for many locals and visitors.

#1 rated tour for adventure and photography.

per adult from




6 hours


Hotel pickup available


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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Onizuka Astronomy Complex
    What's excluded :
    • Dinner
    • Telescopes
    • Entry/Admission - Onizuka Astronomy Complex
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Rainbow Falls, Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720

    Visit Hilo's local Rainbow Falls and monkeypod tree. If you're lucky you'll see Anuenue (rainbow).

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Onizuka Astronomy Complex, Mauna Kea Access Rd, Island of Hawaii, HI 96737

    Visit exhibits in this cozy station and acclimate at the elevation of 9,000 feet/2743 meters before ascending to the summit of Mauna Kea.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Mauna Kea, Island of Hawaii, HI

    Ascend to the summit of Mauna Kea at 13,796 feet/4205 meters to arrive above the clouds and watch the sunset (weather permitting). See international telescopes along the way on this sacred mountain.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Onizuka Astronomy Complex, Mauna Kea Access Rd, Island of Hawaii, HI 96737

    Stargaze with our local tour guide with a laser pointer. No telescopes are provided.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1: Arnott's Lodge & Hiking Adventures, 98 Apapane Rd, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    2: Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, HI, USA
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    2:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • All guests are required to show proof of negative COVID test results with certified paperwork or the Safe Travels app quarantine exemption. Those starting at our lodge must show this information to our front desk staff. Those picked up in other locations must show this to the driver.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Arnott's Lodge

Activity ID: V-196601P2

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