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Mauna Kea Stargazing Experience + Free Photos

Guests (13+ years old)
Children (12 and under)
Private tour

We will drive up the mountain of Mauna Kea to the most optimal place for stargazing and enjoy a show of the most popular constellations and planets mixed with our light effects.

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This experience will have you adventure to a remote location for a unique stargazing experience unlike any other.

Explore the mountains of Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa, whichever area has the best weather. Have no fear, you won’t be going to touristy areas with lots of people around. We go to one of the best stargazing spots in all of Hawaii with no other buses or vehicles around.

Once we get to our location, you’ll be handed a parka jacket if you didn’t bring your own. We will talk about how the very spot we are standing at, is one of the most unique spots in the entire Solar System (and most people don’t even realize it.) After that, we will do a green laser “light saber” show and point out constellations, planets, space objects and hopefully some fast moving shooting stars. Photos of the best objects in the night sky will be taken with an astro-modified camera/lens.

On to almost everyone’s favorite part. We will have some fun and take some epic astro-photos of you with the stars in the background.
All of the complimentary photos that we take throughout your experience will be sent to you within 5 days after the trip.


  • Weather Guarantee:  See the stars or come again for free
  • Led by an Analog Astronaut/Astro-Photographer
  • Small Group Tour – 9 Passengers Max
  • Our Photo-Guides take epic photos of you
  • Green Laser “Light Saber” Star Show
  • Look at Galaxies, Nebulas and Star clusters through an Astro-Cam.
  • Photos from your trip are given complimentary (upgrades are available)


  • Comfy Parka Jackets with pockets and a hood
  • Small group sizes, 9 max
  • Complimentary photos available for download within 5 days after the experience
  • Meeting Location: Slopes of Mauna Kea  (35 minutes from Waikoloa, 40 minutes from Hilo and just over 45 minutes from Kona)
  • Open Link:
  • Coordinates: 19.80679780898082, -155.63130739750005


  • Hotel pickup
  • Dinner (It’s recommended to eat a few hours before the photo trip)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Know Before You Book

  • Want to ask a question? Instagram is our fastest way to respond – Instagram: @EpicTours
  • Comfortable pants and walking shoes are highly recommended
  • Have more than 9 guests? Reach out to us on Instagram or send an email
  • If you would like to caravan behind our tour, send us a message
  • We can take a maximum of 9 guests in our 4×4 “Mars Rover” Van
  • Persons with respiratory/heart conditions or those in poor health are not permitted on tour
  • Persons with mobility issues or limited vision are not permitted on tour
  • This tour tends to book up early, so it’s recommended to reserve your seats in advance
  • Not typically recommended for children under 5 years old although any ages are welcome
  • This is a 2 hour photo trip. We take the photos, you take home the memories
  • Scuba divers please note that we will be driving at high altitudes, No scuba diving 24 hours before stargazing
  • Since we are able to start later in the evening, we avoid almost all of the other tour companies, giving you a more private and unique experience
  • We only do tours when the moon is less than 30% bright to give the best stargazing experience
  • Some of our trips start early in the morning to avoid the moon
  • Book your adventure on one of your first nights of your vacation, just in case we have to reschedule later in the week because of high clouds

Meeting Location and Time

  • We will be meeting on the slopes of Mauna Kea:
  • Check the online calendar for specific start times and prices
  • We will stargaze from altitudes below 9k feet on Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa
  • Tour companies and private individuals are not permitted to stargaze at the summit.   We have our own unique locations that we go to for epic stargazing.  The summit is closed 45 minutes after sunset and solely for research and cultural practices

Further Starting Location Info:

  • Dropped pin: Slopes of Mauna Kea
  • (Make sure to double check it on a map to make sure you’re going to the right place or confirm with me if you aren’t certain)
  • It’s roughly 35 minutes from Waikoloa, 40 minutes from Hilo and just over 45 minutes from Kona.
  • The stargazing location is a few minutes further up the road from here. If you’d like to follow behind in your own vehicle, let me know (90% of the time we are on a paved road that’s easy to drive on.)
  • **Also, try to use the bathroom before you get here. As there aren’t any restroom areas on the tour.
  • Your guide James will be driving a blue Nissan 4×4 van.
  • Please message us on Instagram @EpicTours or text James at: +1-808-747-1211 with any questions or concerns.

About Your Guide

  • James Ward is the owner/guide and astrophotographer for Epic Tours.
  • A company he started in 2013 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Astronomy Major at the University of Hawaii.
  • Currently assisting as Mission Support for simulated moon and Mars missions at the HI-SEAS Habitat.
  • Formerly an Analog Astronaut and Vice Commander for the Sensoria M3 Moon Mission directed by the International MoonBase Alliance in collaboration with NASA.

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