Sunrise Tour to Mauna Kea Summit

Experience a stunning sunrise at the summit of Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world, with breathtaking views, unique landscapes, and a thrilling drive.

Last updated: May 2024

    Free to access, but tours may have costs


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. Start early to reach the summit before sunrise.
  2. Drive to the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy for altitude acclimation.
  3. Continue to the summit on a steep, partially paved road.
  4. Enjoy the sunrise and explore the observatories.
  5. Descend from the summit, using 4-low gear to avoid brake overheating.
  6. Stop at the visitor center on the way down for souvenirs and information.



Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, HI 96720

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Packing List

  • Warm clothing (jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Water and snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera for capturing the sunrise and landscapes
  • 4-wheel drive vehicle with 4-low gear capability

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