Ascend to the highest point in the state at Mauna Kea. The peak of this dormant volcano is 4,027 m (13,803 ft) above sea level and is considered sacred in Hawaiian mythology. As you take in the views, you can see the observatories where astronomers study the skies. You can hike, drive, or take a guided tour to the summit. If driving, you should use a four-wheel drive vehicle to avoid damage to your automobile. Visitors traveling up Mauna Kea's flanks should stop for at least half an hour at the visitor center to acclimate to the elevation. Bring a warm jacket; the temperatures get cooler as you ascend. PutMauna Kea into our Kailua-Kona holiday builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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$209 BOOK WITH VIATOR Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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This is the place you can’t miss while you in Hawaii not just big island, we joined the tour, it was wonderful. more »
Based on reviews was somwhat concerned about the drive up on the summit road and had originally considered buying a tour but not even necessary. The road is gravel and paved at the top, just rent a... more »
We enjoyed our visit. It was quite windy while we were there. Great views!
very disappointed at the concept of building a 30 meter telescope at the summit. 60 meters people you can do better than that
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