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Mauna Kea, Kailua-Kona

#1 of 29 in Parks in Kailua-Kona
Must see · Mountain · Nature / Park
Ascend to the highest point in the state at Mauna Kea. 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. PutMauna Kea into our Kailua-Kona holiday builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • On Sept 13, 2021, I drove to the summit with my wife in an AWD rental. It was a Ford Flex Limited. The transmission has an option for S (Sport) which lets you change gears manually (there's a...  more »
  • We weren’t sure how steep the road up was, but for anyone wondering...It’s not a bad road at all! Would be totally doable in a 2WD. If anyone has driven off road for more than a few minutes in their.....  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit. It was quite windy while we were there. Great views!
  • very disappointed at the concept of building a 30 meter telescope at the summit. 60 meters people you can do better than that

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