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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Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Mauna Kea reviews
Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the protest of the new telescope, it is probably a good idea to be familiar with it prior to your visit. The basics of the two sides are the... more »
Did the sunset and star watching. It's one of the clearest places on earth. 90% of all stars visible from earth are visible from Mauna Kea. It felt like you could reach out and touch the Milky Way... 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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