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Maunakea Sunrise Experience

Start your Hawaiian day like never before… from the top of the tallest volcano on earth. See the morning sky light up in brilliant shades of red, orange, purple, and blue. Learn about the cultural and scientific significance of the mountain and the collection of research telescopes.

This tour is not available at this time. Please consider the Mauna Kea Summit & Star tour departing in the afternoon.

Highlights Include:

  • We’ll acclimate at the Visitors Center at an elevation of 9,200
  • View  the night sky on the slopes of Maunakea before the day’s first light
  • Our interpretive guide shares the night sky on a 5″ Celestron spotting scope
  • Take in the sunrise at the summit near the research telescopes
  • Enjoy a hot breakfast

Restrictions: Weather changes can occur quickly, and the access road to the summit can close without warning; therefore, we cannot guarantee access to the summit or favorable conditions. Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. The temperature can dip below freezing when at high elevation on the mountain. Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cold, wet, or muddy conditions. Due to the high altitude, this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy, or poor health. If you plan to scuba dive, do not plan to go to the summit within 24 hours after you dive. No children under 16. Other tour restrictions may apply.

What to Bring & Wear: Guests are provided hooded parkas. Bring a sweater or jacket; wear long pants and covered walking shoes with warm socks.



  • Adult (16+): $200.00 + taxes and fees

Availability and Schedule:

Available Wednesdays and Fridays

Approximate Pick-up Time:
2:50 AM

Approximate Return Time:
9:50 AM

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