Mauna Kea Stargazing
Mauna Kea Sunset
A Couple at Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Kea Sunset

The most epic experience on Hawaii’s Big Island

The breathtaking view you'll never forget

Watch an amazing Sunrise/Sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea, nearly 14,000 ft. above the Pacific Ocean. Located in the center of Hawai’i Island, Mauna Kea has an unobstructed view of the horizon and offers a breathtaking vista that is hard to match. This view, coupled with its famous clear skies and dry crisp air, creates the perfect condition for absolutely stunning scenery.

My God, it's full of stars!

Mauna Kea is also known as one of the best stargazing spots in the world for its air clarity and total darkness. Our tours include ample time to explore the amazing star-filled night sky from where ancient Hawaiians believed the earth meets the universe.

Tour Details

TourMauna Kea Sunset & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour
Price$245 (plus tax & fees)$245 (plus tax & fees)
Age Restriction13-84*13-84*
AvailabilityDaily (weather permitting)Non-scheduled
Minimum Participants3**3**
Maximum Occupancy Per Vehicle12***12***
Departure TimeEarly afternoon
(time varies with season)
After midnight
(time varies with season)
Returning TimeLate night
(time varies with season)
Early morning
(time varies with season)
Tour Duration7-8 hours7-8 hours
Time Spent at the SummitApprox. 1hr during sunsetApprox. 1hr during sunrise
StargazingApprox. 1hr guided with computerized telescopeApprox. 30min unguided (no telescope)
Gear ProvidedHeavy-duty hooded parkaHeavy-duty hooded parka
Food ProvidedLight snacks and hot chocolateLight snacks and hot chocolate
Vehicle4×4 passenger van4×4 passenger van

Please note;

  • Our tours do not include meals. We provide light snacks and you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Please bring warm clothes to wear under the provided parka. Read the FAQ to learn more about our Mauna Kea Tours.
  • We strongly encourage you to bring water. Drinking water will reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Gratuity is not included in the tour price but tips are greatly appreciated.

*Children 12 or younger are not allowed on our tours due to the high altitude. Seniors 85 or older may only participate in our Private Charter Tours for our guides to be more attentive to their health during the tour.
**If the number of participants does not reach 3 by 24 hours before the tour departs, the tour will be canceled. Customers who have already applied will have the option to pay the difference to avoid cancellation.
***Maximum occupancy per vehicle is subject to change due to the Covid-19 regulations by the State of Hawaii and the County of Hawaii.


2 convenient locations to catch your tour van

We provide 2 convenient pickup points in Kailua-Kona and Waikoloa Beach Resort. Select an ideal location according to where you are staying or your activity of the day.

Don’t have a car? Or just don’t feel like driving? No worries! We can pick you up at major hotels and condos on the west side of the island. (Subject to an additional fee)

Learn More

We no longer pick up guests at Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area due to a change in Hawaii County regulations.

E Ola Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is one of the most sacred sites for native Hawaiians and the Hawaiian culture. We are dedicated to promoting a deep appreciation of and respect for the natural beauty, culture, people, and history of Mauna Kea and Hawaiʻi Island. E Ola Mauna Kea – Let Mauna Kea Live!

We continue to receive and pass on the traditional teachings of Kumu Kaela Ching, our exclusive advisor to the Hawaiian culture.

Kumu Keala Ching
Kumu Keala Ching

November 10, 2022.
Amazing! If you want to stand on the top of the world, this is a great tour to take. Our host/guide made it fun, and relaxing all the way to the top and back down. It was great to have him treat us to a chant as we stood near the summit of Mauna Kea. The sunset was beautiful in spite of the clouds. We did go on a full moon night because we could not go at any other time. Yoshi, was very helpful when she explained that we would not get to experience the spectacular night sky because the full moon would take away from the experience. It didn’t take away from the experience because the trip to the summit was just spectacular, and Yoshi and John made the trip very memorable. Thanks!
Sebastian W
Sebastian W
November 9, 2022.
Best tour company! Highly recommend! This trip was better than expected from start to finish! Emmy was very helpful throughout the booking process to start. Then when we went on our tour, John provided us with an extensive amount of information ranging from cultural history, geology, to astronomy. We actually ended up being the only people in the group which was an added bonus! The top looks like another planet and is very cold but this company has the best jackets, all the other tour groups were jealous. We didnt have the best conditions for stargazing after the breathtaking sunset but even still, we were able to see saturns rings and the moons of Jupiter.
Melissa P
Melissa P
October 31, 2022.
Book It My husband and I were so pleased with our Mauna Kea Sunset/Star Gazing tour. Our guide, Shin, was so enthusiastic, attentive, and overall a pleasure to be around. We rode up to the Summit and were pleased with the amount of time we got at the top, the explanations of the telescopes, and the kind offer to take photos for us. As a couple, we don’t often get photos together and he made sure we got plenty. The star gazing was great! We were able to see Saturn AND its rings—so awesome. They provided snacks and hot chocolate which was a nice touch with the temps being so cold. The photos we received from our trip were very cool. Shin did such a nice job with them. The experience we had with this company was great. I would recommend booking your trip to the top of Mauna Kea with this company.
October 26, 2022.
We are a picky family but this was absolutely perfect! We booked this tour almost by picking a random company but what a great choice that was! Our guide and driver Shin was absolutely perfect from the beginning to the end. Shin was early at our meeting spot and had everything covered for the whole 8 hour tour. The website says that you should have a big lunch beforehand but, believe me, we are still finishing the snacks provided by them 2 days later, so I wouldn't be scared of dying from hunger or thirst during the trip. Shin took us through an amazing road where we felt we had travelled through Ireland, Texas, the desert and a tropical island in just an hour!Then came all the ascension of Mona Kea itself and that all happened in perfect conditions, with all the right explanations but not overbearing either. The sunset was as amazing as you would hope. The telescopes started opening as the night fell - a bucket list item for me. Then came the amazing star gazing part slightly before the summit. It got really cold but they do provide you with really thick coats and even hot chocolate! Shin then showed us how to find our way through the night sky and used his 8 inch wide telescope to show us planets and other celestial bodies before bringing us back to our hotel near Kona just after 10pm. If we had to mention just one point of attention it would be that Shin's accent could at times be harder to understand (he is originally from Japan but has been in the US for 20+ years) so if you are not fluent in English it may sometimes be difficult to understand him. But his smile and good mood more than compensate for it!Highly recommended.
Tianyu L
Tianyu L
October 24, 2022.
Amazing tour of star gazing and Mauna Kea Sunset John gave us an amazing tour of Mauna Kea sunset and star gazing. He is very knowledgeable, and I see his grateful for the Hawaiian culture. We highly recommend this tour!
October 18, 2022.
Le clou de notre séjour à big island Avons adoré l’expérience. La séance d’astronomie était vraiment bien et les telescopes de haute qualité permettaient de voir très clairement les planètes. Le van était très confortable.
Mashiyat S
Mashiyat S
October 12, 2022.
It felt like we were not on the earth anymore My husband and I took the Mauna Kea stargazing tour in the beginning of September. I wanted a romantic experience in the Big Island and this trip definitely delivered. Our tour guide Shin was an absolute delight and the tour members were very kind too. I was slightly nauseas as I didn't eat a lot before the trip and Shin provided a ginger candy which was extremely delicious and helpful. The experience during sunset was out of this world, as the sky and everything around turned pink. After that we were taken to the star gazing point where we could see stars but would have been even clearer if it was not a moonlit night. At that point someone was having elevation sickness and Shin was well equipped with oxygen cylinder to help him out with elevation sickness. We also got to spend time watching individual stars with the telescope that Shin brought with him. Shin offered to take photos of us and the other people on the tour at every scenic point. Thanks to him we have a lot of romantic pictures from the trip. One couple even decided to propose to each other, it surely seemed like the perfect moment. Shin took lots of pictures for them too. Additionally Shin gave us print outs of some really beautiful pictures he took on top of the Mauna Kea for us to take home as souvenirs. It was the best tour experience we ever had. Highly recommend.
Daniel C
Daniel C
September 27, 2022.
Highly recommend for anyone vacationing on the big island Top 5 excursions we have ever been on. The view of sunset from the top of Mauna Kea was epic and unlike anything i have seen before. On top of that, the view of stars was once in a lifetime, i have never seen such clear skies and so many stars with the naked eye. Our guide John was fantastic and helped connect us to the local culture surrounding the volcanos and the significance to the Hawaiian people. It helped align the views with importance of the volcano that provides them. To top it off, John brought a telescope so we could see planets and the constellations with greater detail. Can’t say enough good things about the service he provided. You can tell he went above what most other tours were doing and was there to ensure an excellent Experience for his guests. Yeah we’ll worth the money to not have to stress about the drive and just enjoy the views and experience.
Helen O
Helen O
September 18, 2022.
Most Amazing tour The star gazing was amazing Johns gave us great information and set up a telescope we saw the rings of Saturn and Jupiter with moons and stripes.
Mari M
Mari M
September 18, 2022.
Amazing tour Highly recommend, Our tour guide John was very informative and patient! Definitely worth the tour. Beautiful sunset and gave us photos at the end. Amazing experience to end our trup

Tours operated by Taikobo Hawaii, Inc.

Taikobo Hawaii, Inc. has been providing guided tours to the summit of Mauna Kea since 1983 as well as other famous tourist destinations on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are one of the few companies that are officially authorized by The Office of Maunakea Management (part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo) to conduct commercial tours in this Hawaiian sanctuary.

We are dedicated to promoting a deep appreciation and respect for the natural beauty, culture, and history of the Big Island of Hawaii and the Hawaiian People by providing a variety of safe, enjoyable, and educational tours to visitors from all over the world, and by focusing company resources on the development of hospitable and knowledgeable guides and safe and comfortable tour vehicles.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

Although Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate is no longer in effect, masks are still strongly recommended in our tour van to lower the risk of transmission. It is wise to wear a mask while indoors with people whose vaccination status is unknown and when you are unable to maintain physical distancing.

Our health policy is subject to change in the future due to State of Hawaii regulations and recommendations.

Taikobo Hawaii, Inc. (dba. Mauna Kea Sunrise Sunset & Stars) adheres to the guidelines and requirements of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the State of Hawaii in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection. We ask all of our guests to meet the following requirements when participating in our tour.

  • You must have completed the COVID-19 vaccine or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the Safe Travels Hawaii Program. The person who makes the reservation must agree to these terms during the online checkout process and everyone in the group must meet this requirement. We do not accept guests that have only been quarantined for entry.
  • We will check your body temperature with a contactless infrared thermometer prior to the tour. Any guest with a temperature higher than 100.4 will not be allowed to participate in the tour. Their party and traveling companions will also not be allowed to participate in the tour. A full refund will be made for all affected customers.
  • Masks are required at all times inside the vehicle. The state of Hawaii mandates everyone to wear a mask indoors.

Updated: March 26, 2022