6.5 hrs
Duration
12+
Minimum Age
Big Island
Island
Kona
City

Maunakea Stellar Explorer Kona / Kohala.

This adventure is the only Big Island star tour to feature nighttime astronomical observing AND safe daytime solar viewing with all ages welcome!

Our in-house 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. Others on staff have written noted articles and reviews for well-known astronomy magazines and have worked at world-class observatories.

The adventure starts with an afternoon journey to Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm, home to the biggest name in coffee in Japan, Doutor. Learn all about the estate-grown Kona Coffee produced on this beautiful 130-acre farm. You’ll then have a delicious Hawaiian- style BBQ dinner at our private farm location with sweeping views of Kailua Bay below. Then sample coffee, honey, and teas in front of the largest infinity pool in Hawaii with the blue Pacific Ocean shimmering beyond. While you’re taking in the breathtaking terrestrial views, your guide will prepare some heavenly views just as stunning. Setting up a state of the art solar telescope for your viewing pleasure, your specially trained guide will let you safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots, prominences, and any other current activity weather permitting.

Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by.

Lastly, your guide will take you to one of our preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. You’ll observe deep-sky and planetary objects through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet 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; all the highlights and showpiece objects like you’ve never seen before!

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. Warm jackets provided. This tour does not visit Maunakea’s summit out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15 minutes before your scheduled time to check-in.
WHAT TO BRING Water, Camera, Sunscreen, Hat
A change of clothes just in case. These are farm animals so please wear your play clothing!! These are farm animals and this is a farm.
WHATS INCLUDED Dinner, coffee, hot chocolate, dessert.
Warm jacket
CANCELLATION POLICY
Guests must cancel tour no less than 48 hours before tour departure for a full refund.

Depart Kona 3:30
Mauka Meadows 4:00-5:30 (dinner/coffee/solar)
Saddle sights 6:30 -7:30
Stars 8:00 – 9:30 (hot coffee/chocolate/dessert)
Return Kona 10:15

Depart Kohala 3:20
Mauka Meadows 4:00-5:30 (dinner/coffee/solar)
Saddle sights 6:30 -7:30
Stars 8:00 – 9:30 (hot coffee/chocolate/dessert)
Return Kohala 10:00

* Timing subject to change

Maunakea Stellar Explorer Kona
Adults
13+ years old
$209
Children
12 and under
$204

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This adventure is operated by KapohoKine Adventures