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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8083222366
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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The Highlight of My Trip!

I was on the Hawaiian Islands for 10 days, and this was the highlight of my trip. At first I was a little worried about visibility because of the clouds, but they dissipated by 7... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was on the Hawaiian Islands for 10 days, and this was the highlight of my trip. At first I was a little worried about visibility because of the clouds, but they dissipated by 7 pm. To see the heaven unfold before my very eyes is simply breathtaking and magical. I could see the Milky Way and Mars with the... More 

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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since we arrived in Kona by ship, we rented a 4 wheel drive vehicle in Kona. The drive to the 9200ft visitors center was about 1 1/2 hours, all paved and very scenic. They recommend 1/2 to 1hr at the center to avoid altitude sickness. The remaining 30 minute climb is unpaved and 4 wheel drive only. We were prepared... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The most exciting view of the night sky ever! It was breathtaking and awe inspiring. Enjoyed every minute at the top of the world!

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Thank thegman1975
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing and impressive! We didn't get yo stay to look at the stars, as there was a pretty big cloud, but just visiting the visitor center and going to the summit made for a very nice and interesting day

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Thank Jeanne M
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was really neat! We arrive at about 7 before it was dark enough to use the telescopes and we were already out in the overflow parking. They had telescopes set up on Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and the Moon. They also did a "Tour of the Sky" with a laser at about 9. The crowds weren't too bad you just... More 

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Thank lindseykwarren
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I stopped by one evening at the Visitor Center to star gaze. I hiked up the summit and watched the sunset. It was beautiful to be on top of the clouds like that!! Definitely do that if you don't have the 4x4 to go all the way up the mountain. At night, they set up HUGE telescopes... More 

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful view and is a don't miss agenda item. Bird watchers make sure you include this journey. Use a 4 wheel drive

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a good trip to the observatory. Evenings are the best time to go for obvious reasons. It can get very crowded and parking can be a problem. Dress warm. There are folks who try to help but sometimes it can be problems even identifying where the telescopes are.

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Thank narayan15
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Try to go late so you can stay late and see the stars. Road is pretty bumpy and you may not want to take a basic rental car.

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Medford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Incredible 360 degree view with sunset in one direction and moonrise the other. Chilly, but pleasant at almost 1400 feet elevation! The Visitor Center on the way down (after dark) is an excellent place to see the North Star and the Southern Cross in the same night sky ... WOW! We were snorkeling on the coast this morning! What a... More 

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