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Join the professionals of Hawaii Forest and Trail on an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time, and discover Mauna Kea Summit and Stars. On your way to the 13,796′ summit of Mauna Kea you will learn about the remarkable evolution and changes the Hawaiian islands have experienced. On the way up the mountain the tour stops at a historic ranch outpost for a hot, picnic style dinner. After dinner the tour continues to the summit of the world’s tallest volcano for a sensational sunset view. Stand in awe amidst the largest collection of telescopes on earth and witness some of the most dramatic vistas you’ll ever experience.
The drive to the summit of Mauna Kea is one you’ll never forget. Once at the summit you are afforded spectacular views of the horizon, Haleakala on Maui, Mauna Kea’s world-class array of telescopes and the famous Mauna Kea sunset. You’ll experience the spirtiual energy of what many Hawaiians believe to be the most sacred place in all the islands. At the summit you’ll stand on top of the world’s tallest mountain – from the ocean floor Mauna Kea is over 33,000 feet high! In your hooded parka you’ll stand in awe – at both natures sublime creation and man’s astonishing technological achievements.
After sunset the tour descends back down to the Visitor’s Information Station at 9000’ elevation. Your interpretive naturalist guide will set up an 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and, in the crystal clear atmosphere, the wonders of the Hawaiian night sky come into focus. Wrapped warm in Arctic parkas, with hot beverages and chocolate macadamia nut cookies, you will marvel at the brilliance of the Hawaiian sky. Enjoy your guide’s entertaining “talk story” of the infinite world of the observable universe which offers you a personal and educational look at the heavens.