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KapohoKine Adventures - Maunakea Stellar Explorer (from Kona)

This exciting adventure is the only Big Island star tour featuring nighttime stargazing AND safe daytime solar viewing! Our stellar explorers are the best and most experienced in Hawaii, with one having created the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center and operated it for a decade.

Your adventure starts with a delicious dinner, after which your tour guide will set up a state-of-the-art solar telescope and let you safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots and any other current activity, weather permitting.

The tour then takes you across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained tour guide will share fascinating facts about the Big Island's volcanology, geology and history of these monstrous natural wonders, as well as provide narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna.

Your guide will then take you to one of the preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. You'll get the chance to peek through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on Earth. The telescope's fast focal ration enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that aren't possible with the types of telescopes used by other tours. Depending on weather and other conditions, you'll observe galaxies, star clusters, nebula, planets, double star systems, the moon and much more. Afterwards, warm up with a cup of Kona coffee or hot chocolate before returning to your hotel.

Tour Highlights:

  • Solar telescope viewing
  • Views of Saddle Road, Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa
  • Stargazing on Mauna Kea
Tour Inclusions:
  • Hawaiian style dinner
  • Coffee or hot chocolate
  • Warm jackets provided
  • Use of Dobsonian telescope

Note: This tour does not visit the Maunakea Summit out of deference and honor to Native Hawaiian concerns.
 big island stargazing tour
Maunea Kea View
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Special Instructions
Where and When:
Departs Kona area hotels at approximately 3:00 pm.
Departs Waikoloa area hotels at approximately 4:00 pm.
Your exact pick-up time and location will be emailed with your confirmation.
Tour returns at approximately 10:00 pm.
Guests should be able to walk unassisted for at least a mile or over uneven terrain.
Closed-toed shoes are required.

For smaller children, the adult in the party would be responsible making sure they can navigate the hike or holding them (backpack carrier etc). Please let us know if you will be bringing a car seat or need a car seat (Kapohokine can provide one with advance notice.)
Special Notes:
Operation Days:
Thursday & Sunday and occasional Fridays
6 hours
KapohoKine Adventures
Big Island
Maximum of 13 participants
Large aperture Dobsonian telescope - features fast focal ratio and sprawling wide field views
Total : $0.00


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