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Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

6 hours (Approx.)

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.

  • 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


  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Carhartt Jacket


  • Dinner
  • Telescopes



  • Traveler pickup is offered
  • Departure Point:
    • Arnott's Lodge & Hiking Adventures, 98 Apapane Rd, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    • Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, HI, USA
  • Departure Time: 2:30 PM
  • Returns to original departure point



  • Stop At: Rainbow Falls. Duration: 15 minutes.
    Visit Hilo's local Rainbow Falls and monkeypod tree. If you're lucky you'll see Anuenue (rainbow).
  • Stop At: Onizuka Astronomy Complex. Duration: 30 minutes.
    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.
  • Stop At: Mauna Kea. Duration: 30 minutes.
    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.
  • Stop At: Onizuka Astronomy Complex. Duration: 15 minutes.
    Stargaze with our local tour guide with a laser pointer. No telescopes are provided.


Additional Info:

  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers


  • 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.