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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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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Incredible and Sacred.

One of the most beautiful and special places on the Big Island. I highly recommend the star gazing :)

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most beautiful and special places on the Big Island. I highly recommend the star gazing :)

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Schiller Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you go to Hawaii you must come here to see how all of Hawaii was made. Mother nature at her finest showing off the volcano that you can see up close.. A nice gift shop with fair prices for a place to bring things home for.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This summit it's a magnificent place to spend some time in the Big Island. To go there by yourself you will need a 4x4 car, it's better because almost 4 km of the road are not complete pavement. I recommend to do a short stop by the visitors center before go to the top, they are very kind people who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I thought we would just be driving to another mountain and enjoy the view and leave, not so! We arrived about 1.5 hours just before sunset. After looking around and taking in some knowledge, we hiked a short distance and enjoyed a beautiful sunset above the clouds. After the sun sets, the information center brings out telescopes and does a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were on the island and decided to go up Mauna Loa. We accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up on Mauna Kea, but it was well worth it! While it was quite chilly at the top, and there were observatories for what looked like scientific and/or weather research, we visited on a clear day and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great family visit. A short hike to a sunset view, then stars like you've never seen before. They provided pre-aimed telescopes and explanations -- thrilling. Beware of invisible cows.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have thought about doing this tour on several trips and this time we did it. We used Hawaii Forest & Trails. Our driver/guide did a great job. We had supper under a tent right near the turn off Saddleback Road. Then they handed out parkas for the 7000 foot climb to the summit. We arrived there within about d0... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We rented a jeep for our trip to the big island and were hesitant to drive up Mauna Kea because of lots of the things I read on here about not doing it in a rental, this must be people working for the tour companies that want to make money off the mountain. Skip the pricey tours and drive up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The snow capped peak of Mauna Kea looms over the island, and we were determined to get to the top during our stay. We drove to the visitors center, and as suggested, spent an hour there to acclimate to the severe altitude change. I was surprised at how small this area is, both in terms of parking and places to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Most evenings and nights, you are above the clouds and there is a clear view from the top of Mauna Kea - well worth braving the cold (and sometimes wind). You'll see 13 observatories and as sunset arrives the scene is worth braving the conditions. At almost 14,000 feet the air is pretty thin, so don't expect to do any... More 

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