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“Take a Pro Tour” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Type: Mountains
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Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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“Take a Pro Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Don't try to drive this yourself. The weather can be volatile- as in snow and ice. Dress as if you're going to a ski resort- layers, warm jacket. The astounding view can be blocked by clouds at times. Still - what an experience!

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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Definitely a must see! You cannot go to Hawaii without experiencing the sunset and the stars on the Mauna Kea! Going to the visitor center is however sufficiant, the view is amazing and you can go for free with your car. The best activity on the island!

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“worth the trek”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

it's hard to get up there -- 2+ hours from kona to the visitor center, then another 30-45mins up a 4x4/dirt road. but the sunset view from up there is worth it.

once it was completely dark, best star-gazing experience ever.

i just wish the road was better and for there to be actual toilets on top.

Visited November 2012
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“Be Prepared for An Adventure :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My husband's bucket list included driving to the top of Mauna Kea and so it's the first thing we did after arriving on The Big Island. They advise you to use a 4 wheel drive vehicle and they are right. We drove a 4 cylinder car with front wheel drive and it took everything that car had to make the trip. We stopped at the 9,000 ft. mark to hang out at the station before heading to the top - they tell you to stay there for at least 30 minutes to acclimate your body. Regardless, I still felt light headed at the top. The observatory at the top offers a full presentation so you understand the significance of the mountain and how it is utilized. I'm not a fan of heights, so I was relieved when we started back down!

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“A once in a lifetime experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

So cool to see the sunset from this high altitude. High over the cloudes. In freezing conditions on a paradise Island, great.
The star gazing was not at it best because it was full moon. I´m sure it can be amazing. A must do when on Big Island

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