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Mauna Kea, Kailua-Kona

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Mountain · Nature / Park
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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  • The drive up is the biggest non-issue. Every guide and forum warns you of horrible road and 4WD-only conditions. The road may be bad if it's wet or frozen, but otherwise it's only ~4 miles of bumpy....  more »
  • We did the drive up to the peak of Mauna Kea twice. The first time we arrived a little late and missed what is described as the best sunset on the island. The peak of Mauna Kea is home to over 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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