Mauna Kea Summit and Stars
Vendor: Hawaii Forest & Trail
Category: Land Tours
Location: Hawaii-Hawaii (The Big Island)

An Afternoon & Nighttime Adventure

The drive to the summit of Mauna Kea is one you'll never forget. It's hard to believe you're in Hawaii as you climb 13,796' elevation above sea level. Once at the summit we are afforded spectacular views of the horizon, Haleakala on Maui, Mauna Loa and Hualalai, and Mauna Kea's world-class array of telescopes. Mauna Kea is the world's tallest mountain, rising over 32,000 feet from the ocean floor to its summit, which is considered by many Hawaiians to be the most sacred place in all the islands. In your hooded parka you'll stand in awe at both nature's sublime creation and man's astonishing technological achievements.

Tour Details: After departing the HFT Headquarters, our first stop if a picnic style dinner at a private camp on the Western slopes of Mauna Kea. After dinner, you'll start your ascent up the volcano. As you make your way up, you'll be fascinated by your Naturalist Guide's interpretation of Hawaii's remarkable natural, cultural and geologic history. You'll take in the breathtaking views of the sunset while standing on the summit of the volcano.

After sunset we descend to the Visitor's Information Station at 9000' elevation. Here we set up our own telescope and have a star gazing party. Wrapped warm in Arctic parkas, enjoying hot beverages and chocolate chip cookies, you will marvel at the brilliance of the Hawaiian night sky. Your Interpretive Guide will share with you stories of the world of the observable universe and offer you a personal and educational look at the heavens.

3 Dinner Options

1. Teriyaki Chicken (gluten free) - Served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce and a caramelized pineapple garnish

2. Kalbi Beef Short Ribs (gluten free) - Served with brown rice, carrot, zucchini, bok choy, yellow squash with a garlic & white wine sauce and a caramelized pineapple garnish

3. Vegetarian Thai Curry (gluten & dairy free, vegetarian, vegan) - served with brown rice, red bel pepper, green bell pepper, portabello mushroom, sugar snap peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, bok choy

Restrictions: Guests should be able to walk 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 diving within 24 hours of this tour is prohibited.

What to Bring & Wear: Closed toe shoes, long pants and a sweatshirt or sweater

Ages: 16+

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Rates for
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Adult (14+)$295.00
Signature Charter (Max 12 Pax)transportation$3,780.00

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