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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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  • We went up with tour. We saw a lot of people driving up by themselves. The road is unpaved, you need a all wheel drive car. It was cold around 20 something degree. After sunset you must leave right aw...  more »
  • We all got together to have some fun in the snow atop of Mauna Kea! You can only go to the visitors center without 4-W Drive...lucky for us, all our friends and family have 4WD! We went to the top and...  more »
  • Driving up Mauna Kea is a worthwhile day trip. The landscape in very interesting to look at. While we did not make it to the summit, as past the base camp a 4x4 is required and AWD are not allowed, we...  more »