Mauna Kea Observatories
Despite a weak economy, there is one activity on Hawaii's Big Island that is still thriving and, in fact, more popular than ever. That activity is a trip to the summit of Mauna Kea for sunset.
The company that I selected for a trip to Mauna Kea was Hawaii Forest and Trail. I had previously taken their Kohala Wai PinzTrek Adventure in North Kohala and was eager to take their Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure as well. When my wife and I were invited to cover the Kona Coffee Festival, this became one side trip that we wanted to take.
If you have even a passing interest in astronomy or geology this adventure is not to be missed. On the way you'll learn about the remarkable evolution and changes that the Big Island's natural world has experienced. Even if all you want to do is see one of the most amazing sunsets ever, you'll definitely want to make the trip.