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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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  • Average3%
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed October 14, 2015

the view is wonderful and unbelievable - don't even realize you are in hawaii. It's a site to see. The altitude takes adjusting but if you are able go it's worth it.

Thank Kim M
Reviewed October 13, 2015

The marshall was so knowledgeable and we found out a plethora of information that made the volcanic hole much more than simply a steaming opening in the earth. Learned about the birds native to the volcano, the steam vents located miles away, the age of...More

Thank Carrie E
Reviewed October 12, 2015

we went up with the guided (free) tour that starts at 1pm at the visitor center. Bring your own 4WD with low gear option. Two volunteers gave us a lot of information and guided us in a convoy up the mountain. Unfortunately, we had bad...More

1  Thank Stefan D
Reviewed October 11, 2015

A must see place on the big island. Spectacular views, spectacular sunset, starry night. It's at 14,000 feet, so one needs to be cognizant about the altitude sickness. That being said, I visited with my parents who are in their mid sixty and they enjoyed...More

4  Thank drpurohit22
Reviewed October 11, 2015

If you are not with a tour and would like to drive to the summit, make sure you can put your car in first/second gear for the descent. Our rental car could not so we didn't actually go past the information station. It also said...More

Thank Ann E
Reviewed October 11, 2015

We visited the Mauna Kea Summit on a tour with one of the staff. We drove up the mountain in 4 Wheel drive vehicles and stopped once on the way up. It was very interesting to see how the glacier scraped the mountain smooth as...More

1  Thank Lee B
Reviewed October 11, 2015

The views up here are out of this world! The air is pretty thin so take your time to walk around, but it's completely worth it to watch the sunset, then do some stargazing! A must-do on the Big Island!

Thank kryssie79
Reviewed October 10, 2015

If you want to see something that is only here on the Big Island take the time to visit the summit of Mauna Kea. If you plan in advance you might be able to be included on a tour of one of the observatories. This...More

Thank Mark J
Reviewed October 10, 2015

This is definitely a trip excursion that all should do on the big island. We went with a tour operator (Mauna Kea Summit Adventures) who was knowledgeable and friendly (Chris). They did the driving, fed us dinner and took us to the top of the...More

2  Thank Sue B
Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

One of the have to see places when on the big island. ... remember to take ur time getting to the top...lol..I ended up having a hard time with temperature can get and elevation... .there is a mid way point with an information Center to...More

1  Thank Amanda E
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July 19, 2017|
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Response from jbla32 | Reviewed this property |
If you want a front row parking spot, earlier is better (probably an hour before sunset).
July 18, 2017|
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Response from hedberg99 | Reviewed this property |
No. Bring your own.
July 11, 2017|
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Response from jbklyman | Reviewed this property |
It is about 45 min from Hilo, about 50 min from Kona to reach the Onizuka Astronomy Visitor Information Station at 9200 ft elevation. It takes about another 30 min from there to reach the summit at about 13,800 ft Caution... More