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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 used Hawaii Forest and Trail for our trip. Defiantly worth it, would NOT try to drive it yourself. The road to the summit is very rough and dangerous  more »
  • While the road to the top of this magnificent dormant volcano can be a tad daunting, it is not to be missed. The telescopes at the top are a real treat, and the opportunity for a spontaneous private t...  more »
  • After reading some reviews for guided tours, both good and bad, I decided we could do this ourselves. Instead of paying $600 for 3 people on a guided tour, this is what we did. Rented a 4WD pick-up fr...  more »