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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 are at The top OOF The World! Magical getaway and I confirm, we did stop to go to the top. Bide his patience because not a lot of traffic around noon! Otherwise, it takes 5 hours to go to the top... on the other hand, many speak of acclimatization but we had no worries may be because we are used to hiking in the mountains. In short, it is one of the places to be.
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  • It's cold up there, really cold...gloves are needed if you want to use a camera...it's going to be windy, but what a view! Unbelievable, like being on the edge of the world! Don't miss out on this opp...  more »
  • I'm giving this review 5 stars because it would have been stellar. (Get it...stellar? Because of the observatory?) ;-) Unfortunately the summit was closed due to blizzard conditions and we only made i...  more »