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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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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Ive been to the big island twice. Once 15 years ago and then again this year 2015. The highlight of the trip was driving up to the summit and watching the sunset. I can't for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Littleton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

As noted by one other reviewer, there have been protests on the mountain and therefore the Visitor Center is not open. This has been going on for at least a week. So if you cannot get to the top, then there are then NO bathroom facilities. If you wish to book a tour, you are looking at August.

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CAPE MAY CT HSE, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I am only give the Summit an average review because we could not go any further than the visitors center on 6/25/15. The locals are protesting the proposed installation of a new 30 meter telescope at the top of the summit and this is sacred ground to them. Check with Ciri before planning your trip to see ii the road... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Ive been to the big island twice. Once 15 years ago and then again this year 2015. The highlight of the trip was driving up to the summit and watching the sunset. I can't for the life of me believe we didn't do this on our first trip. It was unbelievable. A easy drive really. It's mostly dirt road which... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Absolutely STUNNING view, and very competent and interesting guides giving free "start tours". Most definitely worth a trip! Rent a 4-wheel drive (!!) car, and go all the way to the top to watch the sunset and see the stars, before heading down to the visitors center for hot chocolate, coffee, star tour etc.

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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a view! Such natural beauty! This is a must see while visiting the Big Island. It was beautiful to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We drove to the visitors centre. Great views, very windy and cold! The drive was quite an experience on the windy and steep roads. The drive down equally "interesting". We were not able to go further up as we did not have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. In addition there had been a snow storm overnight and there were two... More 

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bedfont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited Muana Kea on Monday evening and the Visitor Centre and the road to the summit is closed until further notice due to some political issues involving protestors around the area that escalated last weds. I won't go into any of that but I strongly recommend that you contact the visitor centre before you visit for latest info. Also... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Natives are restless...... A lot of protesting recently, something about some construction on the mountain. We just ignored the protesters......

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A great experience. An adventure getting there what a thrill at seeing the sunset high on a famous volcano with temperatures near freezing in August. This was on my bucket list of things to do and it did not disappoint. Look at reviews for best excursions and have a great time.

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Kamuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had family visiting that wanted to go to the Summit! Cool & raining at the Visitor Center, but you'll get above the clouds driving to the Observatory. You'll see Mauna Loa,....such a great feeling up there! But can't stay long...the altitude starts to make you 'woozie'! Oh, the protesters are nice!

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Address: Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
Open Hours:
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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