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“Spectacular” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mauna Kea Summit

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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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A must visit -- the view will stick with you for a life time. A photo is unable to capture the full view. Amazing.

Visited August 2014
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“Sunset tour is not to be missed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The trip to the summit of Mauna Kea was great. Do not miss it!!!!! We booked with Hawaii Sunset and Trail tours. EXCELLENT. They thought of everything. Very good dinner. Parkas for the cold and a very knowledgeable tour guide.

Visited August 2014
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“Rise above the clouds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I hope you brought your jacket to Hawaii, you'll need it as you climb through the clouds on Mauna Kea, you have two options, stop at the visitor center for some stargazing (roughly 10K elevation) or head for the summit(4WD suggested) either way you're in for fantastic views of the sunset, stars, planets and all that tiny stuff below. Be sure to add some stargazing apps to your phone.

Visited July 2014
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“Amazing sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I travelled to the summit of Mauna Kea after visiting Rainbow and Akaka Falls. We had rented a 4wheel drive and were able to drive on our own which was a great decision because the tour is about 200/person. I knew it might be cold so I was prepared but actually it was not snowing. After being on the summit , I took advantage of the star gazing that is organized by the state park and it was really worthwhile. I think this a great place

Visited June 2014
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“Amazing but heed the warnings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The drive is relatively short and even the dirt bits are not too bad. That may change with season and level of maintenance. We stopped to the recommended 30 minutes "to acclimatise" but two of our group suffered some ill effects at the summit within 10 minutes of arrival and minimal physical exertion. We descended straight away. Even when Hawaii is clouded over the summit may be clear. Check the details before you go at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/visiting-mauna-kea/visiting-the-summit.html. Also heed the warnings about the descent. Use engine braking!! (ie low gear). Otherwise I must do while in Hawaii....simply stunning

Visited August 2014
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