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Mauna Kea Summit

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the...

At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.

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A unique experience to be in Hawaii with snow. The 360 degree view is incredible. We went up to watch the sunset, then watched the stars take over. We drove up in a jeep but never... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A unique experience to be in Hawaii with snow. The 360 degree view is incredible. We went up to watch the sunset, then watched the stars take over. We drove up in a jeep but never used 4 wheel drive. Loose gravel and steep in places, but not too bad. On the way down, stop at the visitor center for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't be fooled that the presence of a road means the hike is easy. It is hard work and it can be hot. (its probably not a good idea in the rain or snow). Take your time to acclimatise at the VIS if your not a regular resident of high altitude. It appears that altitude sickness and related effects pay... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Didn't have faith in my rental car. I live in MT and am very familiar with mountain roads and realize the need for taking them seriously. However, even halfway up was a magnificent experience and my family took many pics as the sun set spectacularly. Views are indescribable. After sun sets, there is a free presentation/lecture/education at the bottom ranger... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We started at the Visitor Centre just after 7:30 on a Tuesday and made it to the top just after noon. It is a little discouraging to see cars going up the road, but there was also a sense of satisfaction of being the only two people who hiked the trail that day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We rented a jeep wrangler 4 wheel drive.Make sure to take VERY warm clothes.Stop at visitor center to get acclimatized to thin air.At the top, sunset is glorious. The clouds are below you . Taking a tour bus is not really needed if you have some experience with 4 wheel. Coming back, put in 4WD and 1st or 2nd gear... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very difficult hike for approx 5 hours to the summit. Not for the faint hearted. But worth it for the views at the top, and all along the way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The main reason I am writing this is to describe and clarify the drive to the summit. Before going I tried doing a lot of research and the excessive fear mongering led me to rent a 4WD (I don't regret it but I don't think it was necessary at all) Take a look at the photo that I took specifically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited Mauna Kea twice and had to stop at the visitors center each time. There are health risks associated with lack of oxygen at the summit for pregnant women (1st visit) and young children (2nd visit) so we halted our drive at the visitor center. There is great information at the center as well as merchandise and star... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most interesting treks you'll ever experience..add it to your bucket list..a must see to believe...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be there at 6:00 for the film presentation then thoroughly enjoy looking through telescopes focused on various star clusters and the laser directed, outdoor constellation viewing. You will be at the Visitors Center not at the summit where the large telescopes are located. Personally that is fine with me as I prefer not to over tread on Mauna Kea in... More 

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