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 Sunrise & Stars TourMauna Kea Sunset & Stars Tour
Price$245 (plus tax & fees)$245 (plus tax & fees)
Age Restriction13 and older13 and older
AvailabilityNon-scheduledDaily (weather permitting)
Minimum Participants3*3*
Maximum Occupancy Per Vehicle12**12**
Departure TimeAfter midnight
(time varies with season)
Early afternoon
(time varies with season)
Returning TimeEarly morning
(time varies with season)
Late night
(time varies with season)
Tour Duration7-8 hours7-8 hours
Time at the SummitApprox. 1hr during sunriseApprox. 1hr during sunset
StargazingApprox. 30min unguided (no telescope)Approx. 1hr guided with our computerized 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.

*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.


3 convenient locations to catch your tour van

We provide 3 convenient pickup points in Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa, and at Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area by Saddle Road (Route 200). 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

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

  • star rating  The van was new, clean and comfortable. The snacks were tasty and our driver/guide was professional, experienced, and shared just the right amount of information. Experiencing the Hawaiian sunset... read more

    July 30, 2022

    star rating  This trip was amazing. The tour guide Shin was very knowledgeable and gave us so many facts during our whole trip. The sunset at the summit was absolutely beautiful and... read more

    July 28, 2022

    star rating  We did Mauna Kea Sunset and Stargazing trip with the company.

    It was an amazing experience. Looking at the sun setting behind the clouds, drinking hot chocolate while watching... read more

    July 27, 2022

    star rating  We had a wonderful private trip to the top of Mauna Kea with our tour guide, John. He picked us up at our hotel, drove well, conveyed interesting information... read more

    fred k
    July 19, 2022
  • star rating  We did a Mauna Kea sunset tour. Our guide John made the trip that much more enjoyable with his informative narrative as he drove us very safely to the... read more

    July 15, 2022

    star rating  It is a really really nice tour. Really comfortable car. Our tour guide Shin is really nice and give us good introductions. He also helped me take a lot photos... read more

    July 13, 2022

    star rating  I would recommend this experience as a must do at Big Island. Our guide John was very knowledgeable and gave us just enough to absorb during the trip. He shared... read more

    July 9, 2022

    star rating  This is one of those experiences that you have to see for yourself to truly appreciate it. Shin was a great tour guide- at times he could be a little... read more

    July 8, 2022
  • star rating  We had an amazing trip. John was our guide and driver. John was very kind and knowledgeable. He struck the right balance of talking and letting us quietly enjoy the... read more

    June 23, 2022

    star rating  From the beginning to the end, it was all perfect. Shin is awesome. He will tell you everything that you need to know once you’re in the van. A must... read more

    June 19, 2022

    star rating  The views, the tour guide Shin, just the all around experience. Beyond our expectations! He was so genuine, kind, and knowledgeable. He took good care of us! We thought we... read more

    June 19, 2022

    star rating  This trip was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide John was so knowledgeable and informative. He knew so much about Mauna Kea and the Observatories. Then when it came to stargazing,... read more

    June 19, 2022
  • star rating  This was an excellent way to spend an evening in Hawaii. Our guide, Shin, was super accommodating. He was always checking on us to make sure we were doing okay... read more

    June 17, 2022

    star rating  An experience like no other and must do when on the big island. Our guide John was very personable and knowledgeable, the Mercedes passenger van was comfortable, and the locally... read more

    June 16, 2022

    star rating  Our tour guide Shin was very knowledgeable and ensured each guest personally felt welcome and taken care of. He went the extra mile in taking photos, accommodating our food... read more

    June 12, 2022

    star rating  The tour to Mauna Kea with Taikobo was an amazing experience.
    The sunset on the summit is unique. Shin was a great guide and shared a lot of informations and... read more

    June 12, 2022
  • star rating  Tour guide John is very knowledge and caring. He picked me up on time and shared a lot of interesting facts on the way to the summit.

    Sunset in... read more

    June 7, 2022

    star rating  The view of the sunset at the Mauna Kea sunset and the stargazing was amazing! It is something that I absolutely do not see back at home. It was super... read more

    June 7, 2022

    star rating  We went up for the sunrise and stargazing tour and it was an absolutely amazing experience. The tour-guide and driver was great. Besides basic facts about Mauna Kea and the... read more

    June 7, 2022

    star rating  This tour is a must! From pick up to drop off we had a great experience. We were picked up right on time and given snacks for the trip. Our... read more

    June 6, 2022
  • star rating  We enjoyed our 8.5 hour trip up to the summit with John as our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and tuned in to the group. We rode... read more

    June 5, 2022

    star rating  One of the best experiences we had with everlasting memories. Shin the guide was excellent and also took some memorable photographs with the backdrop of the stars. He was very... read more

    Sridhar A
    June 5, 2022

    star rating  Shin was a great guide, even when the altitude sickness got the best of me, he was very gracious and concerned for my well being.

    Out of the... read more

    June 4, 2022

    star rating  We went on the Mauna Kea Sunset and Star gazing tour and it was wonderful! Our tour guide, Shin, in particular made the trip a great experience. He was... read more

    May 30, 2022
  • star rating  John was absolutely wonderful! I traveled solo and he was very accommodating and offered to take my pictures since the selfies weren’t doing any justice! You can tell he truly... read more

    May 28, 2022

    star rating  We took the Sunset and Star gazing tour and it was an amazing experience. John our tour guide is very knowledgeable and patient and conducted the tour with great... read more

    May 27, 2022

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