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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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Reviewed yesterday

We went to Mauna Kea two nights Friday and Saturday. Our group had small children and we did not have a 4x4 vehicle so we did not summit. On Friday there was dense fog that did not recede as we had hoped it would for...More

Thank yk33175
Reviewed yesterday

Travel up in time to park and not miss the full experience of the sunset. Cool up there, so dress warm.

Thank retiredgran2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

Something that should be on most peoples bucket lists. The view is breath taking for sure, but the feel you get of being on top of the world is hard to describe. Very spiritual... If you are into science being that close to the cutting...More

4  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 6 days ago

My teenage kids told me this was the best part of our trip, which was saying something because we stayed at a nice resort and did pretty much all of the things to do on the Big Island. The drive on the Saddle Road took...More

Thank accidentaltrvlr
Reviewed 1 week ago

The beauty of the view and the this air at altitude will leave you breathless. Bring a camera, warm clothes, some time to observe, and some chocolate. I found it helps with the altitude.

1  Thank smrtcar
Reviewed 1 week ago

The top of Mauna Kea is otherworldly. The air is very thin and you can gat dizzy quickly if you don't take it slow. The most powerful telescopes on earth are at the summit. The Hawaiian history of Mauna Kea is very unique. Spend some...More

1  Thank Jim W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We headed here after an adventure near Hilo. Got here close to sunset. Unless you have a four wheel drive, do not plan to get to the ACTUAL summit. Young children also not advised to ascend. We got to a visitors center and did a...More

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the kids to see the stars, watch the Visitor Center movie and watch the sunset. This is what I learned. If you go early (5 pm) to insure you get one of the 115 parking spots at the Visitor Center, your kids with be...More

4  Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed 1 week ago

when you get there you will feel they have been answered. Dress warmly, take the blanket from the plane you snitched, take the bedspread from the hotel, it will be 40 degrees even if it is 90 at sea level. I put that this takes...More

1  Thank Bradzon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

it was just amazing! we went to the top for the sunset and it was great! you have to have a 4 wheel drive and then you can easily go there. the road is absolutely. o problem! it needs some time to aclimate for the...More

1  Thank andrea h
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We're interested in making the trip to the Mauna Kea and the Visitor's Center only. We have no plans to make it to the summit. A number of posts mention overcrowding and a limit on vehicles. What would be the best time to leave the Kona area and make it to see the sunset and stargazing? Thanks. JR
30 May 2017|
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Response from Susan S | Reviewed this property |
I am so sorry, I got my volcanos mixed! We went Mauna Loa (the active volcano) and walked through the steam beds to the top. We never got to do Mauna Kea due to weather. I will see how I can undo my review.
Are there any taxi companies that take you to the summit? We are looking at options of driving ourselves but would rather enjoy the journey so wanted to know whether there are any taxi companies or private drivers that would take us right up to the summit (Suburu telescope)? I have only seen your companies and we don't want to join one as we need to be there at a certain time... Also, does anyone know what telescopes you can look inside? Thanks!
9 May 2017|
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Response from Orwellwasright | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can a hire a tour company to take you up there. Have search online. I saw loads of tour buses when i was there.
Tracey L
Can we drive to the summit with all wheel drive?
7 April 2017|
Response from Travelling_Bubbies | Reviewed this property |
Yes you definitely need at least four-wheel to drive to the top. If you're renting a car, note most rental companies have restrictions that do not allow you to take the car past the observatory (at around 9,200 ft). Past... More