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Mauna Kea Summit, Kailua-Kona

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web
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 wanted to drive to the summit but weren't willing to pay the tour prices. When we managed to get a good deal on a 4x4 and based on recommendations we headed up. Set off about 3:30pm from Kona and d...  read more »
  • Was one of the best tours! Indescribable sensation climb to the top of the largest volcano in Hawaii, the 4200m of altitude, with an intense cold and high winds, but with a priceless view! In winter says neva there! I was just cold when we went! Really thanks and marked our journey!
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  • We had a four wheel drive jeep so drove up ourselves. I'd advise a tour if you are unprepared for cold or driving up a very bumpy road. Sunset was amazing. Full moon made srar viewing difficult so sug...  read more »
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