Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Big Island Sights

Hawaii Forest & Trail

  • 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Trail/Path
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Observatory, Hawaii Forest and Trail, Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

    Andreas Koeberl / Shutterstock

Updated 03/04/2015

Fodor's Review

This comfortable, highly educational tour packs a lot of fun into a few hours. Guides are knowledgeable about astronomy and Hawaii's geologic and cultural history, and the small group size (max of 14) encourages camaraderie. Included in the tour are dinner at an old ranching station, catered by a favorite local restaurant; sunset on the summit; and a fantastic private star show mid-mountain. The company's powerful 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope reveals lots of interesting celestial objects, including seasonal stars, galaxies, and nebula. The moon alone, if present, will knock your socks off. Everything from water bottles, parkas, and gloves to hot chocolate and brownies is included.

Sight Information


74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy., 3 miles south of Kona airport, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States

Map It


808-331–8505; 800-464–1993

Sight Details:

  • $199

Updated 03/04/2015


Map View

Map of

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.