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Mauna Kea, Kailua-Kona

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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. Add Mauna Kea to your Kailua-Kona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kailua-Kona vacation trip planner.
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  • we went up to go up the summit but had to stop at the secondary summit due to spouse high blood pressure ... also know that children not allowed to go up to summit due to very thin air. we did a coupl...  more »
  • We rented a 4 wheel drive Van from Harper's Trucks in Kona for this adventure. It was perfect. The vehicle had no trouble making it to the top of this mountain even though the road was bumpy. The view...  more »
  • The place to visit on the Big Island. Road arduous but traveled with a Mustang. The Rangers are careful, strict, but sympathetic. Rent a Jeep to go there. Lunar peaks to walk, but consider that you are over 4000
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