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“Summit of Mauna Kea” 5 of 5 stars
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Mauna Kea Summit
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
Ranked #1 of 35 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Owner description: At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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“Summit of Mauna Kea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is one of the most exciting experiences we have ever had. II didn't want to go on a packed tour bus but fortunately I have a AWD Ford & caravaned up there with a ranger. The view was breathtaking, well worth the drive from Kailua-Kona.

Visited January 2013
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“Well worth the sunset. Any car can do it, no need for a 4x4”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I've been up here several times in all sorts of vehicles and, contrary to what you might read elsewhere, you can get to the top in a regular 2 wheel drive saloon. The road starts out as a graded cinder track but it is wide and then a few miles before the summit it is surfaced properly again (to stop dust from interfering with the telescopes). Wear warm clothes as it can get below freezing and be prepared to get breathless is you hike up to the very summit of the cinder cone, don't forget you are at almost 14,000'. Just don't tell the car rental company if you use one of their vehicles.

Visited December 2012
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“Must see and do not tell the rental car company”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Really impressive road and views. 4 wheel drive necessary. Do not tell rental car company. Must stop at the visitor center and look at the sun spots through the telescope.

Visited January 2013
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“Mauna Kea Visitor's Center!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Great fun! COLD! If you come up get warm clothes! It was all free, they did a great job pointing out everything in the night sky with lasers and they had multiple telescopes set up to view the night sky. We couldn't make it to the summit due to hurricane force winds but you will not get a better view of the night sky from anywhere else in the world!

Visited January 2013
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“Awesome experience must see! The star gazing was amazing the guides were very informative & very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Awesome !! The star gazing & the telescopes were amazing. the guides were very informative & very nice.

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