Mauna Kea Star Gazing

The original Sunset and Stargazing tours started 25 years ago.  Back then, Pat Wright conducted his tours from an old Land Cruiser.  The Land Cruiser has since been replaced with Deluxe Arctic Survival Parkas and Gloves.  What has not changed is the passion with which this tour continues today.

The trip begines mid-afternoon.  Depending on your pick up location (starbucks in the Waikoloa Kings Shops), an exclusive Van Terra vehicle will transport you.  Your tour time will last 7 to 8.25 hours.  Informative guides will teach you about geology, natural history, and the geography of the island, as they take you on your journey to Mauna Kea.

These spacious four wheel drive vans can easily hold 13 passengers.  Oversized windows, heating and air conditioning systems, upgraded suspension, overhead storage, and an aisle height of 6’2″ are some of the luxurious features.  The initial stop at the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center will allow you to acclimate to the 9,000′ elevation and enjoy a hearty supper.

Select in advance one of the following delicious meals to be served at the Onizuka Visitors Center Lanai:
KhoChu Jang Glazed Beef Ribs (spicy sweet), Jasmine Rice, Namasu (cucumber) Salad (Served Hot)
Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Jasmine Rice and a Pineapple Relish (Served Hot)
Tofu Spinach Wrap with a Cream Sauce and a Cranberry Tabouleh Salad (Served cold) ** Can be made vegan
All choices are served with a scrumptuous, homemade chocolate brownie.  Beverages with dinner are not provided, but may be purchased at the Visitors Center, or you may bring along a non-alcoholic drink.

Marvel at the telescope viewings, learn about the astronomers who work there, then snuggle into your parka and gloves for the steep 1/2 hour drive to the summit area.  Here your guide will point out the observatories as they begin to open and rotate into position.

Grab a photo opportunity of a lifetime as the sun begins to set.  When the sunset colors have passed, you will descend to mid mountain where the sky is equally clear, but the climate and air is more comfortable for stargazing.  Hot drinks and cookies served halfway through the evening.

Tour Rate: $197
Please provide an approximate men’s parka size for each guest.
Restrictions: This tour is not for those with heart or respiratory conditions or who have/or will scube dive within 24 hours of the tour.  No children under the age of 9 and no children under 13 allowed above 9000 ft.
Tips: Bring a sweater, a bottle of water, and a beverage to have with your dinner and snacks.  Bring fresh camera batteries.
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours

This tour is very popular and you will need to reserve it weeks in advance.  Contact us at (808) 987-4519 or waikoloavrm@aol.com to reserve your Mauna Kea Summit Adventures.

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