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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 50 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Colorado Springs
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful views between the two peaks on Hawaii, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. If we would have had a 4 wheel drive vehicle we would have gone to the top.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

There is a hill on the other side of the Visitor Center to hike up and watch the sunset. It is well worth the hike up. We didn't get up to the summit as it was getting dark and the park rangers wouldn't let us drive up that late. So we stayed at the Visitor's Center and then hiked up... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Wonderful afternoon and evening. It gets cold though. We thought we had enough warm clothes but thank goodness the visitor center has warm gear. We bought socks, hats and gloves, we stayed warmer and got souvenirs. The volunteers doing the star gazing were very informative and friendly. It was very crowded right after sunset at the telescopes but many people... More

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North Vancouver
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Drove up to the visitors center on a satuday night. Arrived at 5:50 pm and watched the video in the center that started at 6 pm. Video talks about the historical and cultural significance of the volcano to Hawwains and scientists. I would have liked more of a focus on the science aspect. Do not stay until the end of... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

So first a BIG ditto to everyone's comments about the stars - they are amazing and you'll be glad you took the time. We did NOT go to the summit because we had a group of 6 and it was just too expensive. What I didn't realize is that if you're on a tour, you'll have a much better chance... More

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Toronto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

So here's the plan! #1 - if this a key event for you, Plan to have your vacation during a time when there is NO full moon. We went from Mauna Lani resort and left around 2 pm for a sunset. We got there early early, BUT it was worth it. Here's why. Take your time at the ranger station.... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was one of the highlights of our trip. You must book this on your trip. The views and stargazing was impeccable.

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

After visiting Kona many times, we finally decided to visit that cloud shrouded mountain, and was it amazing! We absolutely made the right choice booking with Mauna Kea Summit. Our tour guide Gordon could not have been more professional. We traveled in a very comfortable mini bus, picked up right on time. Gordon gave us a very informational narrative during... More

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Decorah, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Drive to the Visitor Information Station and then hike up to one of the lower peaks for a spectacular view of the sunset as well as the surrounding mountains and valleys!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

On a bus tour (Roberts) we drove through a layer of clouds towards the summit. (We had opted to see a sunset). It was refreshingly cool (almost cold) but that was half the fun. You couldn't see down to the ocean because of the lower clouds (apparently a fairly common condition) but the array of sunset beauty was awesome. Our... More

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