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Mauna Kea

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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Skiing, Watching sunrise/sunset, Hiking
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Highlight of my time on the Big Island... and I'm still here.

Truly magical, you drive through the clouds and come out in heaven. Not only will the summit leave you short for words, if you have time Lake Waiau is a must. I will push everyone... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Mornington, Australia

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Mornington, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Truly magical, you drive through the clouds and come out in heaven. Not only will the summit leave you short for words, if you have time Lake Waiau is a must. I will push everyone to go and experience it! Make sure you look up the recommendation's before you go, it is not recommended for everyone due to the lack... More 

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Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This was our 3rd visit to the Big Island and we had no idea you could go up Mauna Kea. We were unfortunately not able to go to the summit because it isn't recommended for teens under 16 due to the lack of oxygen, 40% less, but we did you up to the visitor centre for the star gazing program.... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Words and even pictures can't do justice to our trip to the top of Mauna Kea. Sunset was spectacular and star gazing from a small side road near the visitors centre on the way down was stunning. It's one of the best places on the planet for stargazing - hence all the best telescopes in the world are here. Trust... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This was our second visit to Mauna kea but our first with kids (6 & 9). We were restricted to staying at the VIS as it is not recommended to take kids under 16 to the summit. Nonetheless it was a magical experience with cloud cover clearing for a perfect view of the early evening sky. Having been before we... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The visit to Mauna Kea was truly amazing. The drive was really easy, roads are great, and no winding roads. We were concerned as my 4 year old daughter gets nauseous. She did good. We had drive through the clouds, which was an amazing experience, and once past the clouds the sky was clear. We got to the visitors center... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

What a fantastic experience ! We chose not to try for the summit - either on our own or with a tour - just made it to the observatory in our hire car: and we weren't in any way disappointed. We had a truly memorable experience ( me, my wife and two teenage sons). I should add that we aren't... More 

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Doonan, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Didn't do enough homework and missed out on the summit. Tried to hire a 4WD from Alamo, didn't get one and then found out wasn't allowed to go to top with that company anyway. The wall of shame at the visitors centre ( its a very small visitors centre)shows the disasters that have befallen others and most looked like FWD... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Pros: I've never seen so many stars. It was an awesome sight. The center's speaker was interesting and kind of funny. Watching the sunset from sunset trail was a beautiful sight. The drive from Mauna Lani was easy, 55 minutes, minimal traffic, clear (no fog) although from the resort it appeared that Mauna Kea was totally clouded over. The road... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful tour up to the very top along with stargazing through amazing telescopes. Even watched the space shuttle fly over. Take warm coats, it's 35-40 degrees at the top.

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Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We drive a 4WD from KEAUHOU and leave for 3:00. Although starlit sky tour is also good, sunrise is the highest more. After sunrise, when I was walking toward the summit, the double rainbow was visible to my shadow. ***Tips which do not get altitude sickness*** Drinking a little water is continued every from the entrance this side neighborhood of... More 

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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii

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