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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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  • I have to say, standing 4,207 m (13,802 ft) above sea to watch the sunset is a quite a spectacular and surreal experience! Above the cloud at twilight, with the dome-shaped observatories dotted the su...  more »
  • A must do if you love stars! I didn't have a 4WD so couldn't go to the summit, but I was able to visit the visitor's center on the night they had free stargazing. They set up huge telescopes and you c...  more »
  • This is a wonderful experience to see the pacific ocean from 14,000 ft. The drive requires a four wheel drive. Where else can you walk in snow in the winter, then be in the ocean for a great swim with...  more »