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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...
At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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We were worried that we wouldn't be able to go up because of the recent protests but all tours were running- we drove ourself up. It was very foggy and rainy going up there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We were worried that we wouldn't be able to go up because of the recent protests but all tours were running- we drove ourself up. It was very foggy and rainy going up there. When you drive past the clouds, it is absolutely stunning. So beautiful. There was even a little bit of snow left up there- and that was... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately it's difficult to visit thanks to the protesters who are illegally staying by the Vistors Center that is now closed. Apparently they have more power that the Park Service or the local police. Don't waste your time driving up there

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Go there if you are there, do not miss the opportunity to see the world from this place it's amazing.

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Riga, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Actually to start from the beginning, we had 3 attempts before we got to top, it was snowing, then stormy weather, then smth else...and mauntain top was closed. It is very advised to check if it is open before You go in their official web - there you see tempareatures, status - open/closed and fog, snow, etc. If the wind... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Rain all the way to the visitors center. Center closed due to protesters. Broke through the clouds. Moon was too bright. But with 10x binoculars we could see the sky the way our ancient ancestors did. A sky full of stars. A billboard of stars. A milky way of uncountable numbers. An awkening for our 9 & 11 yr old... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Climbing to the top of Mauna Kea is a trip like NO OTHER! Its like being in a huge planetarium except you simply look up and see the Milky Way galaxy (AND OTHERS!!!!) unfold before your eyes. Make the journey to the visitor center BEFORE 5:30 for a look down on the island. You dont really need to go to... More 

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Olympia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Going to the summit of Mauna Kea is a religious experience. If you are a group of 3 or more, it may be cheaper to rent a 4-wheel drive car and do it yourself, now that you can stop at the public observatory at 9000 ft and use their telescopes. With 1-2 people, the tours become a better deal. Some... More 

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Mission Viejo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was fantastic! We got to see Venue, Jupiter and Saturn. The guides are educated Astronomers. Highly recommend this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

the road to the top was awesome. i felt like i was on mars. the view from the top is unbeatable, and the sunset was among the best i've ever seen.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My husband and I drove our rented jeep up this road, and it was wonderful. 54 degrees with snow on the ground in Hawaii? In June? Awesome. Definitely a must do. Bring water and snacks though.

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
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Sunday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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