On the windward side of the volcano, stream erosion driven by trade winds has accelerated erosion in a manner similar to that on older Kohala. It is possible that natural ridges and water sources were followed instead. [27], Mauna Kea in December 2007, with its seasonal snow cap visible, Geologically recent Mauna Kea cinder cones and lava flows.

First Name Guest #1 As it appears on your Photo ID, Stargazing through an incredible 10″ telescope, Dinner, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee included, Small group tours with professional guide, Leave From Hilo – 3:30 pm Rainbow Falls – 4:00 pm Boiling Pots – 4:30 pm Kaumana Caves – 5-6:00 pm Picnic dinner Saddle sights – 6:30 7:30 pm (see Kona) Stars – 8-9:30 pm (hot chocolate, tea, coffee, dessert) Return to Hilo – 10:30 pm, Leave from Kona 3:30 Coffee Farm 4:00-5:30 (dinner/coffee/solar gazing) Saddle sights 6:30 -7:30 Stargazing 8:00 – 9:30 (hot coffee/chocolate/dessert) Return to Kona 10:15 pm, Leave from Kohala – 3:20 pm Coffee farm –  4:00-5:30 pm (dinner/coffee/solar gazing) Saddle sights – 6:30 -7:30 pm Stars – 8:00 – 9:30  pm (hot coffee/chocolate/dessert) Return to Kohala 10:00 pm. We strive to ensure your vacation goes right. The program will begin at 6:00 pm with the showing of First Light, which is a PBS Hawaii documentary about Mauna Kea (or Maunakea as they like to call it now). Professional Guides: As the pioneer guide service on Mauna Kea we have over 50 years of combined experience on the mountain. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. [4] Despite Hawaii's tropical location, during several past ice ages a drop of a degree in temperature allowed snow to remain at the volcano's summit through summer, triggering the formation of an ice cap. On the way, visit the highlights of Hilo Town and beyond with stops at Rainbow Falls and Kaumana Caves. Bird species hunted included the ʻuaʻu (Pterodroma sandwichensis), nēnē (Branta sandvicensis), and palila (Loxioides bailleui). Donald Thomas, director of the University of Hawaiʻi's Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes believes one reason to continue study of the aquifers is due to use and occupancy of the higher elevation areas, stating: "Nearly all of these activities depend on the availability of potable water that, in most cases, must be trucked to the Saddle from Waimea or Hilo — an inefficient and expensive process that consumes a substantial quantity of our scarce liquid fuels. If there are any sudden changes in the weather and/or road conditions, the … The Visitor Information Center (VIS) at the Mauna Kea was very good. Yes, we are going to be up on the side of Mauna Kea after sunset where the weather can get quite cool. [78] The Supreme Court of Hawaiʻi approved the resumption of construction on 31 October 2018. [68] The multi-telescope "outrigger" proposed in 2006 was eventually canceled. An ancient law allowed only high-ranking aliʻi to visit its peak. We have a brief picnic-style dinner as we chase the sun up the mountain to view the sunset from the saddle between the two great mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. I definitely recommend going there as it is one of the world's top place to watch the stars.

Reducing the number of evenings for the stargazing programs is the best option to ensure visitor and employee safety and protect natural and cultural resources. [16] Subglacial eruptions built cinder cones during the Mākanaka glaciation,[23] most of which were heavily gouged by glacial action. Its present summit is dominated by lava domes and cinder cones up to 1.5 km (0.9 mi) in diameter and hundreds of meters tall. Italian Cold Cut, Turkey, Tuna, Ham, Vegetarian or Club Sandwich, Turkey, Tuna, Ham or Veggie Salad (gluten-free). It is named for Ellison Shoji Onizuka the only Hawaiian to go to space. The views are unmatched leaving professional and amateur gazers alike with a heightened understanding of the vastness of our universe. Every evening the center hosts a stargazing program.