Mauna Kea Sunset Hawaii

Mauna Kea and the Shark Cage: Hawaiian Adventure Part 1

We recently traveled to Hawaii and found out quickly that there is so much to do and see that it simply cannot be accomplished on one trip. It is an absolutely beautiful place that everyone should try to visit once. Being the creators of RokPak, we always want to take our product and put it to the test in real world situations and places. So here are some of the things we did where the RokPak Pioneer Series was needed on our Hawaiian Adventure.

Shark Cage in the open ocean

That’s right, we set off before the sun came up and drove to a local marina. There we boarded a small boat and headed straight out for open water. The journey took about 20 minutes, but when we got there we saw a floating cage and they informed us that the water here was over 6000 feet deep. After we reluctantly got in the cage we were surrounded by over 12 Galapagos sharks, which was really cool. They got pretty close and we got some amazing pictures and videos. However, none of those pictures would have been taken had it not been for the RokPak. We were dealing with some jet lag and fell asleep before remembering to charge our phones and cameras. On the way to the boat and the ride out to sea, we were charging our camera batteries and smartphones with the RokPak. The Pioneer Series also kept our important things dry on the boat. It was truly a lifesaver on this particular excursion.

Watching the sunset at Mauna Kea on our Hawaiian Adventure

This was truly an amazing experience at the summit of Mauna Kea. We rented Jeeps and drove from the beach all the way up to the top of Mauna Kea which at 14,000 feet. This is one of the only places in the world you can go from sea level to that high in about 2 hours. Driving up above the clouds was an amazing experience. Being up there for a nice picnic and enjoying the views a lot of pictures were being taken and a lot of social media posting too! So naturally out cameras and phones were running out of power. Because the sunset at Mauna Kea is so beautiful I brought my tripod to capture it. With my phone almost dead I was worried I wouldn’t catch the whole thing, but I remembered I had my RokPak and plugged in my phone. I was able to capture the whole sunset on video while my phone was recharging. The sunset here is truly amazing, but what follows is even greater. There is no light for miles, and being at such a high elevation, the view of the stars is incredible. It is so good you can even spot satellites going by. Just look for the moving stars, there are actually a lot of them up there, more than you think! If you have the chance do not pass up an opportunity to see Mauna Kea.

These are only two of the awesome things we did on our Hawaiian Adventure and we did so much more, so keep reading the next article so you can learn about a few more things we did on the amazing Hawaiian Adventure. Mauna Kea and getting inside a shark cage should be on your bucket list.

66 thoughts on “Mauna Kea and the Shark Cage: Hawaiian Adventure Part 1

  1. Ryan says:

    Cool trip to take.

  2. I have a feeling that there just might be a RokPak Pioneer Series in a shark cage in Part II and I have no doubt that it will function flawlessly.

    1. Howard Caudle says:

      So right!

    2. Paul D says:

      Lol yes

    3. Howard Caudle says:

      No doubt it will.

  3. stephen lueckert says:


  4. Herbert Broughton says:

    Good to have I.C.E.

  5. Jonathon Harp says:

    That’s awesome!

  6. Stephen Hamm says:

    It has been about 40 years since I visited Hawaii. I’d love to go there again. Not shre I want to do a shark cage adventure, but I’d love to go visit and stay a couple of nights in the Volcano House again.

  7. john KENNEDY says:

    Great place for a trip..thanks

  8. gunner miller says:

    My wife has been to Hawaii several times and always has something nice to say about the nature parks and such.

  9. Joe Burba says:

    I have never been to Hawaii, I hope to visit one day

  10. Mark says:

    When I lived in the Keys I go snorkeling quite a bit and would come along nurse sharks laying on the bottom about six foot long, they would put a little startle into me.

  11. Robert Boothby says:

    My Bucket list is getting longer…… I think that I would love this trip, but my bride would not be comfortable in the boonies…. but I would love to take this trip…

  12. Ryan says:

    Is it shark proof

  13. stephen lueckert says:


  14. Jonathon Harp says:

    Speaks volumes for the RokPak

  15. Herbert Broughton says:

    Good to have I.C.E. gear.

  16. Steve Grant says:

    You are so brave to get so close to those sharks, even with steel bars between you. How did the Rokpak do in salt water?

  17. Tom King says:

    Would love to take this trip

  18. Joe Burba says:

    looks like a nice trip

  19. gunner miller says:

    Do sharks look at these cages as a challenge before lunch?

  20. Mark says:

    but the things that always scared me the most where the large barracuda because they would follow you

  21. Jonathon Harp says:

    They look tough enough to survive a shark attack

  22. john KENNEDY says:


  23. Aaron says:


  24. Mark says:

    I don’t think I would be able to do this shark cage thing it would especially frightening if he started hitting the cage with a his snout. And once he showed his teeth I would be you know what “scared beep beep beep”

  25. Perfect, portable, power.

  26. Tom King says:

    No way

  27. john KENNEDY says:


  28. Would be a cool adventure to take…….along with my RokPak of course.

  29. Jonathon Harp says:

    I want to go on the next trip!

  30. keith lynn says:


  31. Gary says:

    Not sure that I would do the shark cage part, but the rest sounds like fun!

  32. Paul D says:

    Looks amazing

  33. john KENNEDY says:


  34. Stephen Hamm says:

    I would love to Watch the sunset at Mauna Kea. That is on my bucket list of things to do when and if I get to Hawaii

  35. john KENNEDY says:

    WOW, …Right now you can see the clear skies at night from the top of one volcano– and see another volcano erupting down below…must me awesome…

  36. Herbert Broughton says:

    Good to have gear I.C.E.

  37. Jonathon Harp says:

    I would like to see the video of that!

  38. john KENNEDY says:


  39. Herbert Broughton says:

    The Shark Cage sounds dangerous… better have RokPak I.C.E.

  40. Herbert Broughton says:

    Good to have water proof storage and Battery Backup I.C.E.

  41. Aaron says:

    Would be nice

  42. Herbert Broughton says:

    Good to have when shark bits happen,

  43. gunner miller says:

    A portable setup like this is important in emergencies and for fun. This looks like a well built kit.

  44. Joe Burba says:

    right on

  45. Herbert Broughton says:

    Someone’s climbing into a shark cage? Better have a RokPaq… waterproof solar battery backup.

  46. Jonathon Harp says:

    So awesome!

  47. Jonathon Harp says:

    So awesome I want one!

  48. Josh Whorton says:

    Great product for travel!

  49. Joe Burba says:

    wow, shark cages

  50. gunner miller says:

    With the plugs on the inside, you would have little issues with water damage

  51. john KENNEDY says:

    beautiful place…thanks

  52. Josh Whorton says:

    Excellent accessory for a nature photographer!

  53. Jonathon Harp says:

    I want to do a shark adventure

  54. Ray Maust says:

    Great info

  55. Josh Whorton says:

    Marvelous product with so many uses.

  56. Tonya Tipton says:

    Mauna Kea sounds like a wonderful place to be and it’s a good thing you had your RokPak with you so you didn’t have to miss out capturing all those special moments.

  57. Joe Burba says:

    this is a great dive

  58. john KENNEDY says:


  59. Franchesca says:

    Thank you for the excellent post

  60. Jerold says:

    It works really well for me

  61. Darnell says:

    I spent a great deal of time to locate something similar to this

  62. Anke says:

    Thanks for the wonderful article

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