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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #2 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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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

You will need a driver and a SUV as it's a pretty long drive from the Four Seasons. You will also need coats as it is cold on the summit. The observatories on the summit are some of the best in the entire world. It is amazing. Be sure to stop on your way to the summit and use the... More

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Montreal, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This is a must see!!!! The stars at night are so crazy!! We saw Saturn with the rings clearly through a telescope that is provided by the rangers.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Unbelievable sunset views above the cloud cover. Giant rotating telescope monsters. Jacket necessary. Bring water. Check car fluid levels. Many photographers. Thin air. Running is hard. Unique permafrost lake. Don't get stuck behind a bus going up.

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Campbellsville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We decided to head out at dusk to travel to Mauna Kea. We actually ended up not making it to the summit. The visitors area was really nice. People aren't kidding when they say it's cold there so make sure you dress appropriately. They serve complimentary hot chocolate and have souvenirs and small snacks to buy. Unfortunately we picked a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The incredible sunrise on top of the tallest mountain in Hawaii is worth getting up early for! Do dress warmly since it is very cold, but don't miss out on this experience. A visit to the Observatory is in order while up on the mountain.

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Lemoore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It's hard to describe how immense Mauna Kea and her sister Mauna Loa are until you see them in person. The summit of Mauna Kea is home to many observatories which is an impressive sight in and of itself but being able to see Maui's Haleakala above the clouds is also amazing!

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Rossville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Indescribable. If you like this kind of thing, this is exactly the kind of thing you would like. Those aren't clouds they are a finger of our galaxy!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I just visited the Visitor Center (VIS) in a Nissan Altima but did not continue to the summit, but think you can certainly do it if you take some precautions. I was late and it was too close to sunset for me to risk missing it. I saw an amazing sunset and the stargazing was phenomenal. The drive to the... More

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Lewisburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went at sunset and even though it was overcast or undercast. (A cloud cover was lower than we were) it was worth the trouble to drive up there. It was "other worldly".

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I always love driving to the summit of Mauna Kea when I visit the big island. It never fails that we always get a bit snow flurries while at the observatory. It's a nice getaway from the tourist.

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