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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We drove up the summit before sunrise, must have 4 wheel drive. Also make sure the driver is comfortable making that drive, it can be a little nerve wracking in the dark. Once we got up there is was the most amazing view, the sunrise...More

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved the trip up the mountain. There were clouds all around us and wonderful views. Just make sure if you want to go to the top you have 4x4. And bring a heavy jacket or even a blanket if you're going to sit and watch...More

Thank Reneewiseone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok so mistakes were made at our end. We saw the sign for the observatory and thought 'why not? Let's drive in' in a convertible mustang with no food or water. This was not a good idea. I started getting altitude sickness from about 8000...More

1  Thank RWQ42
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a tour as getting to the top would have been a no go in our rental vehicle. Glad we did as it was very bumpy but well worth it, nothing can prepare you for what you are about to experience. The views...More

Thank debbietaylor57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always wondered what it would be like to be on top of Mauna Kea and it didn't disappoint. The view was magnificent and it was an adventure getting to the top. Some people took cars up but I urge anyone going up to take...More

1  Thank Lenard V
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Volcanic National Park was great to visit. The information centre have excellent staff who are very willing to share information. Seeing the glow from the live volcano at dusk was magical

Thank hazel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a bucket list item to drive yourself to the top of the world's tallest mountain ! Safe, bumpy, gravel road for part of it, but the rented Tacoma was awesome. Stopped at the visitor center to acclimate as recommended, but still felt a bit...More

2  Thank robertmG9653XK
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mauna Kea is the highest mountain in the Pacific, its height is around 4000m above sea level. Some says it is the highest mountain in the world (over 13000m) if you measure it from its base, down in the ocean below. We went to Mauna...More

3  Thank Iswanto P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove up to the Summit to see the sunset and then stayed to see the stars it was a beautiful day and a beautiful evening we had fun , it was worth the drive , So so Pretty ,, What a Good Time !!!!

Thank Gerald K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful sunset. Layer your clothing it is freezing up there. Pack a dinner. Get to the summit on the early side as tour groups take many of the good viewing locations.

1  Thank Darlene K
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18 November 2017|
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
If you have the time and 4x4 . I would stay up there for the sun set than go down to the lower level and watch the stars at night .
23 September 2017|
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18 September 2017|
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Response from judyhQ3383TY | Reviewed this property |
If you know how to drive in the snow, you could try it. Don't hike. Take a tour, it is available.