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Mauna Kea Summit, Kailua-Kona
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Ascend to the highest point in the state at Mauna Kea Summit. 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 Summit to your Kailua-Kona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kailua-Kona vacation trip planner.
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  • It is reached by route the Saddle road and takes a detour from which begins to climb until you reach the Centre of information, then continued the ascent, watching the astronomical observatories and as in our case, the clouds under the mountains and a very limpid sky. Into the night is spectacular to see the starry sky, and may silently appreciate the Majesty of these views
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  • Even if you have the right vehicle take a tour because they are more knowledable about everything including the rules about where it is ok to walk and where it isnt. Our guide had a masters degree and...  more »
  • With the all-wheel drive car up on the mountain. That's fun. With a Mustang on the road was in fact, it's probably, but this is not good for the car. Above, it is very, very cold. Wrap up warm and enjoy the views. Simply picturesque. And when the sun goes down slowly to the telescopes and align themselves. This is already a gigantic mood!
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