Mauna Kea Stargazing
Mauna Kea Sunset
A Couple at Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Kea 4x4 Tour Van

Mauna Kea, 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.

Featuring Media-on-demand

On-demand self-guided tour

We offer on-demand narrative service during our tour. Each guest will be provided with a tablet that contains various audio and visual media about the history, culture, and astronomical aspects of Mauna Kea and helpful information about Hawaii in general. You can view or listen to them at any time throughout the tour for your enjoyment.

Mauna Kea Sunset Tour

Mauna Kea Sunset & Stars Tour

Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour

Mauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour

TourMauna Kea Sunset & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour
Price$230 (plus tax & fees)$230 (plus tax & fees)
Age Restriction13 and older13 and older
AvailabilityDaily (weather permitting)Mondays & Thursdays (weather permitting)
Minimum Number of Guests3*3*
Maximum Number of Guests99
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 at the SummitApprox. 1hr during sunsetApprox. 1hr during sunrise
StargazingApprox. 1hr guided with a Celestron computerized telescopeApprox. 30min unguided (no telescope)
Gear ProvidedHeavy-duty hooded parkaHeavy-duty hooded parka
Food ProvidedLight Snacks (Chips, energy bars, etc.)Light Snacks (Chips, energy bars, etc.)
VehicleCustom-built 4×4 passenger vanCustom-built 4×4 passenger van
Mauna Kea Sunset Tour

Mauna Kea Sunset & Stars Tour

Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour

Mauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour

TourMauna Kea Sunset & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour
Price$230 (plus tax & fees)$230 (plus tax & fees)
Age Restriction13 and older13 and older
AvailabilityDaily (weather permitting)Mondays & Thursdays (weather permitting)
Minimum Number of Guests3*3*
Maximum Number of Guests99
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 at the SummitApprox. 1hr during sunsetApprox. 1hr during sunrise
StargazingApprox. 1hr guided with a Celestron computerized telescopeApprox. 30min unguided (no telescope)
Gear ProvidedHeavy-duty hooded parkaHeavy-duty hooded parka
Food ProvidedLight Snacks (Chips, energy bars, etc.)Light Snacks (Chips, energy bars, etc.)
VehicleCustom-built 4×4 passenger vanCustom-built 4×4 passenger van
Mauna Kea Sunset Tour

Mauna Kea Sunset & Stars Tour

Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour

Mauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour

TourMauna Kea Sunset & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunrise & Stars Tour
Price$230 (plus tax & fees)$230 (plus tax & fees)
Age Restriction13 and older13 and older
AvailabilityDaily (weather permitting)Mondays & Thursdays (weather permitting)
Minimum Number of Guests3*3*
Maximum Number of Guests99
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 at the SummitApprox. 1hr during sunsetApprox. 1hr during sunrise
StargazingApprox. 1hr guided with a Celestron computerized telescopeApprox. 30min unguided (no telescope)
Gear ProvidedHeavy-duty hooded parkaHeavy-duty hooded parka
Food ProvidedLight Snacks (Chips, energy bars, etc.)Light Snacks (Chips, energy bars, etc.)
VehicleCustom-built 4×4 passenger vanCustom-built 4×4 passenger van

Please note;

  • Our tours do not include meals. (Light snacks will be provided)
  • You are welcome to bring your own meals and enjoy them during the long break at the visitor center. However, please refrain from bringing in food with strong smells to avoid disturbing other guests.
  • Please bring warm clothes to wear under the provided parka. Read the FAQ to learn more about our Mauna Kea Tours.
  • Gratuity is not included in the tour price but tips are greatly appreciated.

*If the number of applicants does not reach 3 people within 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.

FAQ

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

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. To maintain social distancing, we are limiting the tour to 9 participants per tour van. Most importantly, 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 quarantined for entry.
  • We will check your body temperature with a contactless infrared thermometer prior to the tour. Those who are above 100.4°F will not be allowed to participate in the tour.
  • Masks are required at all times inside the vehicle. The state of Hawaii mandates everyone to wear a mask indoors.

2 Convenient Locations to Catch Your Tour Van

We provide two convenient pickup points in Kona and Waikoloa. 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)

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Your Mauna Kea Memories Never Fade

An exclusive photographer will capture your precious Mauna Kea memories that you’ll cherish forever! Ideal for special occasions such as honeymoons and anniversaries. Your photographer will take a variety of portrait shots with the stunning Mauna Kea scenery and the beautiful star-filled night sky in the background.  (Subject to an additional fee)

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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.

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