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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. Put Mauna 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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  • If you make the drive, be sure to have plenty of gas and water. Nice hiking! Try to go on a clear day.  more »
  • Matt is the best guide-patient,kind, friendly,knowledgeable.He spent an hour showing us the night sky after our trip to sunset at summit. He is a great driver too.  more »
  • We traveled up to the observatory on the top of Mount Kea. Leo was our guide, he was really fantastic. On the way we made a couple stops at a beautiful falls and again at a gift shop. Leo’s a great st...  more »
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  • I'm from the United States. Its pretty cool here though, I lost my children due to some birds picking them up and throwing them in a volcano, Best experience I've ever had.
  • My bed was heated and it felt like i started to float. when I went to sleep it felt like all my troubles melted away. I had a lucid dream and saw myself burning alive cool dream
  • Super windy and cold but the view is amazing. Only allowed at 9000 feet, the road was closed to go to the top due to weather conditions.
  • this volcano is awesome, i love the spectacular view and the heat it gives off when you get close, i jumped in and survived. I. AM. EMPEDOCLES. The Roman Philosopher.
  • Stargazing fantastic Sunrise unforgettable Driving with almost empty gas tank exciting... Best experience in my life! Please don't forget to make it FULL before challenge. The nearest gas station is 70 miles away from the summit. HAHAHA!
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