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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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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 NEW

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 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Snowed the first two times we tried to make it to the summit. The drive is worth the view, but bring a warm jacket.

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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Never see a sunset like that before. Must see. Don't drive up there on your own, and if you really have to, must take your 4-wheel drive, the road is steep, bumpy and unpaved (part of it). It is very cold up there (felt like -15C), so dress appropriately. Recommend going up there with a tour. Feel up gas before,... More

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

When you come to the Big Island of Hawaii, the most prominent feature is Mauna Kea. We are blessed to be able to live here, and to be able to look up from my front lanai to the top of this very sacred volcano. Twice I have ventured to the top, both times making sure to stop at the visitor... More

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