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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
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Outside of the early time needed to get to the top of Mauna Kea for sunrise it was fantastic. Pictures don’t do it justice. If ever in the Big Island it is a must do. Or even a sunset visit. Although the drive down is...More

Thank Th0masw137
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s a bit of a drive and a decent car required to get to 9200ft but well worth it for star gazing. We walked from the centre to view the sun set on the nearby hill- truly spectacular one off the bucket list. Take a...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 4 days ago

14000 feet of breathtaking sunset and star gazing. Tour Guide great.Food and drink supplied and the sprinter buses are first class with seat belts.

Thank Rae K
Reviewed 6 days ago

At above 9000 feet, this was as high as we went. The night sky was amazing!!!! The Milky Way was visible as I've never been able to see it from Ohio. There were no telescopes set up on Monday night, when we were there. Very...More

Thank sharongb
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great experience. Try to book a tour of the Subaru Telescope months ahead of your trip. The landscape is out of this world. Ensure you have 4 wheel drive vehicle. Drink plenty of water as altitude sickness is real here!

Thank teds280
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made it to the visitors center at 9200 ft elevation. Started to feel the altitude, so we didn't go the rest of the way.

Thank dposalski
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to watch the sunrise as we had been here several times to watch sunset. It's pretty cool watching the sun pop up over the Pacific. Get there a half hour prior to sunrise for a good location. Many of the Japanese tour buses...More

Thank fischman44
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in Big Island you have to make time to visit the summit of Mauna Kea at night, it is incredibly beautiful! However, you do need a 4WD and warm clothes so be mindful of that.

Thank erosales111
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best kept secret of Hawaii. Everybody thinks of palm trees, ocean, beaches ... and lava, when you mention Hawaii. But "Mauna Kea?" What's that? The world's tallest mountain, measured from the ocean floor. NO, you do NOT need a "4x4" or 4-wheel...More

1  Thank Brian A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Picture speaks louder than words! Where warm clothes, freezing temps. Bring dinner and wait for sunset.

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Emma A
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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
30 July 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
14 July 2018|
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Response from Kelton | Reviewed this property |
You can drive to almost the summit. To the Visitor Center about 10,000 feet. No trouble. However, a four wheel drive is REQUIRED to go to the top. We had a four wheel drive and decided not to try. Half the last part is... More