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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 47 attractions in Kailua-Kona
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Type: Mountains
Description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Fantastic view from the top. Make sure you are well covered though as it can get very very cold up there. Did the tour through Hawaii forest and trail and really enjoyed it.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The sunset at the summit of Mauna Kea was just awesome. Unfortunately we were a little altitude sick, but enjoyed it very much. Be aware of the altitude, the summit is 4200m above sea level and don't drive to fast up the hill. And it's quite cold up there, take a jacket with you. FYI: we drove up to the... More

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Manhattan, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Visited Mauna Kea yesterday and just made it for sunset. Did it in our Jeep with no problems, road to summit is just very bumpy and rough. Definitely worth it for sunset viewing and we are even talking about going back again while we are here, no two sunsets are alike, and the pictures are breathtaking. Just remember to dress... More

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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

It is about an hour drive from Kona. We rented a 4 wheel drive and had no problem driving up the unpaved road past the visitor center. I saw two cars drive up as well as there was no snow/ice on the roads on the day we visited. The views are spectacular, as the summit sits above the clouds, stay... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is not to be missed! Drive your 4-wheel drive car or truck to the top of Mauna Kea and have a look around. It is breath-taking quite literally as you have much less oxygen than below the summit. But take it slow and visit the different telescopes. Try to get a look inside at least one. This can be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Mauna Kea Summit is amazing. You probably haven't ever expierenced anything like being here. Star gazing experience of a lifetime.

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Kailua Kona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

I recently took my family from the mainland to the summit of Mauna Kea. It was a beautiful day and the sites were outstanding. You can also do a couple of short hikes. Be advised that it can be very cold at the top and the altitude may be difficult for some. They have a nice visitor center below the... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have been up the mountain several times and always plan to be at the visitor center for stargazing. It is truly amazing the number of stars visible when you get above the "noise." I recommend an evening when the moon is not out or just a sliver.

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Bristol, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Beautiful and breathtaking… I bagged my 46th state geographical highpoint on the Mauna Kea Summit! The road is much improved from what I've heard in the past and we had no trouble at all driving to the trailhead. While it was a little chilly at the end of March, I had worn a comfy cotton dress for the day but... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Had the chance to go up for the lunar eclipse on April 14. The drive to the visitor center is easy with any car. The drive to the top is more challenging and a 4*4 makes it easier. The sunset up there is magical but the moon by clear night is even better.

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