The Mauna Kea stargazing Experience

The perfect after meetings free-time excursion for you and your guests

For an out-of-this-world experience, reserve this Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience.  This thrilling adventure is the only Big Island star tour to feature nighttime astronomical observing AND safe daytime solar viewing.

Your adventure starts with an afternoon journey to Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm, home to the biggest name in coffee in Japan, Doutor. Here, guests learn all about the estate grown Kona Coffee produced on this beautiful 130-acre farm before sitting down to a delicious Hawaiian- style BBQ dinner overlooking the island's largest infinity pool and sweeping views of Kailua Bay below. Samples of delicious coffee, teas, and honey are also shared at this time. While guests are taking in the breathtaking terrestrial views, your guide will prepare some heavenly views just as stunning.

Mauka Meadows Coffee Infinity PoolLunch is served...Mauka Meadows has the largest infinity pool on the Big Island

Through a state-of-the-art solar telescope, it is here where you will safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots, prominences and any other current activity weather permitting.  

Hawaii Heavens

After viewing the sun, guests will travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth to our stargazing destination. Along the way, your guide will share insights into the volcanology, geology, history and flora and fauna of these monstrous wonders. 

From one of our designated vantage points on Mauna Kea's slopes, guests will observe the deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on Earth.

Our Dobsonian telescopes are a true purist’s experience to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that simply aren’t possible with the types of telescopes used by other tours.

Depending on what is visible in the current sky and weather permitting, you’ll observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more. 

Afterward, warm up with Mauka Meadows 100% Kona coffee, hot chocolate, and a delicious dessert from our local artisan baker before returning to your resort. This tour does not visit Maunakea’s summit out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns.

Trip Includes:

  • This 7 - 8 hour Hawaiian Eye excursion includes wonderfully informative guides, round-trip transportation, cold-weather parkas, a delicious BBQ dinner, snacks and beverages throughout the excursion and *wonderful stargazing.

*natural conditions permitting

 Transportation:

  • Round-Trip hotel transportation is provided from the Hilton's lower lobby bus depot.
  • Vehicles:  Comfortable walk-on 14- passenger vans

Daily Schedule:

  • 2:30 pm Guests depart from the Hilton's lower lobby bus depot.
  • 10:00pm - 10:30pm Approximate hotel return

What To Know...

  • Wear long pants, covered walking shoes, and bring your own warm clothes and outerwear. A winter hat from home is advisable.
  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.
  • This tour involves travel to a higher altitude on Mauna Kea though it does not go to the summit.
  • Scuba divers are warned and should please note that they will be climbing in elevation.  Any scuba diving needs to take place 24-hours prior to this excursion of after the excursion. 
  • Not recommended for persons with respiratory or heart conditions, pregnant women, or those in poor health.

Dinner Menus at the Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm

  • BBQ: Pork Ribs, Boneless Chicken Thighs, Lilikoi Coleslaw, Black Beans and a Cookie Nut Bar. 
  • Soda, Water, Juice, and Snacks (later in the evening)

Gluten Free & Veggie Dinner Options - To Pulehu means to (“Broil Over A Fire”)

  • Olive Oil & Salt Seasoned Pulehu Chicken, Pulehu Ribs, Lilikoi Coleslaw
  • Veggie:  Veggie Skewers, Black Beans, Lilikoi Coleslaw
  • Soda, Water, Juice, and Snacks (later in the evening)

Exclusive Tour Cancellation Policy

  • Tours canceled 48 hours prior to a scheduled tour will be refunded in full less a 15% cancellation service fee.
  • No refunds can be provided for any tours canceled inside 48 hours of a scheduled hotel pick-up time.    

Costs:  

  • $199.00 per person / inclusive of all guide gratuities and state taxes.

Make reservations and note your menu options below

  • Currently Still Available Jan 20, Jan 22, Jan 24, Jan 25, and Jan 26, 2019
  • Because availability is changing by the hour, please note in the field provided, if a different date can be reserved for you if your selected date does not work.

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