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Mauna Kea, Kailua-Kona

4.5
#1 of 27 in Parks in Kailua-Kona
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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  • We were not on a tour but went on our own to Mauna Kea, a long awaited Hawaiian travel goal. We now advise seniors or anyone with health issues to be careful making this trip. We have never had...  more »
  • I can't believe people are worried about the drive. It's an easy drive the only thing I can think of is it's a dirt road. Not more dangerous than any other dirty road you would have to go to a cabin.....  more »
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  • 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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