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“Adventures in the Sky” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mauna Kea Summit

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.
Juneau, Alaska
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“Adventures in the Sky”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We took a trip up to the summit. It was an amazing sunset. We didn't get to see the stars due to the cloudy weather conditions, which was disappointing. We had a great time though and would certainly recommend this trip, just don't expect to the stars.

Visited November 2012
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“Awesome place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

A definite place to visit. Mauna Kea Adventures does a great trip to the mountain. It includes a trip to the summit. The staff is great.

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“Gorgeous, if the weather cooperates”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Your enjoyment of this trip will depend completely on the weather. We go up to the summit when it was nice out - cold but clear - and it was a sight to behold. Beautiful, otherworldly, straight out of a sci-fi flick. However, about 10 minutes later it started to rain and became bitterly cold and windy. We still made the short trek to the permafrost lake (~35 minutes each way from just below the summit at a cautiously slow pace given the altitude) and spent the next couple of hours at the visitors' center trying to dry out and warm up. Unfortunately the rain held up so there was no telescope viewing that night. I consider my crew lucky to have made it to the summit before the storm. Most at the visitors' center had not been so fortunate. By the time we left it was 20 degrees F at the summit and the scientists were considering evacuation. Ack!

For some reason they keep the visitors' center bathroom doors open, making them crazy cold. Strangely, I recommend the porta'potties near the summit over the real bathrooms at 9000 feet.

Visited December 2012
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“Free and the best experience you will have.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

It's free! 4wd is good thinking yet some people dare not to use one. Recommend bringing a small bag of chips and place it on your dashboard so you can see it expand with the pressure changes. Also, the recommended half hour wait at the visitor center was a good idea because you will feel a big change respiratory wise at the top. Have fun!

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“Bring Your woolies if you plan to stay awhile!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The Visitor Center is at 9200 feet and your flip flops and shorts won't cut it! There are decent bathrooms, interpretive info and snacks etc.

Visited December 2012
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