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Maunakea Stellar Explorer HILO

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Hawaii’s natural wonders aren’t only on land and in the sea—the Big Island is also a prime spot from which to admire the wonders of the solar system. This tour is the only one that includes both afternoon solar viewing and nighttime stargazing, accompanied by astronomy experts. Visit Rainbow Falls and the Kaumana lava caves, then explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and use a state-of-the-art solar telescope and Dobsonian telescope to spot solar flares, galaxies, star clusters, and planets.
  • Spectacular solar and astronomical sightings through high-powered telescopes
  • Delicious picnic dinner with a view of Kaumana Caves
  • Learn more about astronomy from expert guides
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Coffee and/or Tea

Departure Point

93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kapohokine Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
I am a vegetarian / I have allergies / I am gluten or lacto free.
A:Just let us know any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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  • "It gets very cold, very fast, when we are outside the van for the star-gazing." See review
  • "Rained the entire time, so the stargazing was not possible." See review


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Life changing!
, Jan 2022
Our Guide Rich was so nice and extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited and especially the star gazing. He is the best!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We learned so much about Hawaii!
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide, Crystal was a wealth of knowledge and did an amazing job. We learned a lot about the history of astronomy, constellations, island history and culture, lava caves, native plants, animals, even native folk stories. Beautiful views over in Hilo.
The Galaxy & Beyond!
, Nov 2021
Loved every moment of our time on the adventure tour! I highly recommend this excursion!! Most beautiful night sky I've ever seen!!
Great guide
, Nov 2021
Krystal is an excellent guide!! The telescope is a killer, and Krystal is definitely an expert. Highly recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A time filler
, Jul 2021
Unfortunately there was a brush fire that prevented us from doing some of the activities. You do not go up to the top of the mountain. We pulled off on a highway side street. Guide was good. Food at the restaurant was good.
So many stars!!!!
, Jul 2021
I’ve never seen so many stars in my life. What an experience. Definitely heed the warning for warm clothes, it’s a bit chilly - but totally worth it. The other parts of the tour were great as well - particularly the lava tube - but the star gazing was the highlight. Crystal (our guide) was very knowledgeable, energetic and thoughtful. Wonderful experience all around!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Mauna Kea Stargazing
, Jul 2021
Krystal was so knowledgeable about everything Hawaiian in addition to teaching us so much about astronomy. It was a wonderful evening!
Fantastic star gazing tour!
, Jul 2021
Amazing! Our guide, Krystal, was so knowledgeable and shared great stories. We enjoyed a fantastic tour, sunset and a view of the stars!
, Jun 2021
Great guide and spectacular star gazing! Rich was very knowledgeable and shared tons of information about Hawaiian culture, and how the Hawaiian people of the past and present use the stars to navigate the world.
Maunakea Stellar
, Mar 2020
Rained the entire time, so the stargazing was not possible. Other stops, waterfalls, boiling pots and lava tubes we great, even in the rain. Guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Food was lackluster, seemed to be sandwiches from a supply company, bag of chips and granola bar. Overall seemed a little pricey for the experience. Guide was prepared with umbrellas and flashlights. Again it was raining so we never were able to do the stargazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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