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Mauna Kea Summit

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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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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extra early morning (1:55 a.m.) trip but so worth it! I bet Mars looks like this. Very other worldly.

Thank brumbie55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views surpass your imagination! Stay for sunset! Connect with your divine spirit! Respect Hawaiian culture and history! Appreciate the vastness of the stars and space. See Maui from this vantage point. Soooo worth the drive up!

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not really need a 4x4 to drive this. Just wicked steep but otherwise the road is fine. The lack of air can be a bit of an issue. Staying at the visitors centre will give you the same or equal to the view from...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't go to the top of Mauna Kea during a trip to the Hawaiian islands then you have missed out on the most unique feature in the islands. There are tropical beaches all over the world but only one Mauna Kea

Thank keith e
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very rough and strenuous 13 miles round trip with 5000 foot elevation change each way. The views are spectacular. Start EARLY and be prepared it will rain, sleet or possibly snow at any time on mauna kea. Would recommend only to the experienced hiker...More

Thank Kate H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see on the big island you will need to rent a 4 wheel drive to go to the summit, or you can pay for an tour excursion , even just a drive up the visitor center is worth the trip there...More

Thank Mikemhs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a 4x2 small SUV full, and made it up and down without a problem. Just drive on low gear both ways and you should be ok... I think the 4x4 requirement is exaggerated..

Thank ozziesd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was not on our pre-planned itinerary and it should have been. WOW. We decided to go after speaking with locals and we had a jeep. We left he Hapuna area at 4:30pm, made it to the Visitor Center where we stayed for our "required"...More

Thank daqattaq
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I booked the sunset tour to Mauna Kea summit. The views are amazing and it feels like you are on in another world. This is a unique and amazing place to visit and we were lucky to have some fantastic weather which...More

Thank Auscat11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always enjoy going to the top of the volcano. The views are spectacular. Definitely need a 4 wheel drive vehicle

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Kim R
October 18, 2018|
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Response from krispascoe | Reviewed this property |
We went in May didn’t stay long but the drive up nice - unique - the walk around area educational and if set up you could see - looking Thru equipment - other items in sky. Worth the trip on my mind. We drive up about 4 pm... More
Emma A
August 11, 2018|
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Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
It’s a dirt road. But no dangerous sides/edges to worry about. The dirt road is maintained. As long as it’s not raining when when you go you should be fine with just 2 wheel drive.
Jeanine H
July 30, 2018|
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Response from vassardeb | Reviewed this property |
Be well prepared if you intend to climb Mauna Kea! It’s not a stroll uphill in your typical shoes. There’s significant elevation and it’s cold and windy. The hike can take all day. Alternatively, You can drive to the... More