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.
Tours to Mauna Kea
Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona - Private Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $3,354
Duration: 2 hours
Kona Volcano by Air & Land: Helicopter, Coach, Walking Adventure - Private Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $4,722
Duration: 10 hours
Mauna Kea reviews
Did the sunset and star watching. It's one of the clearest places on earth. 90% of all stars visible from earth are visible from Mauna Kea. It felt like you could reach out and touch the Milky Way... more »
A nearly 14,000' mountain in the pacific that you can drive to the top of...! 5 stars of course! more like 5 billion stars! Enjoy! 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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