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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.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed yesterday

I went here for a healing journey. I found peace and the effort was worth it. The physical challenges of going up are intense, but I took caution from all the warnings about pressure change.

Thank Claire S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed the trip up. Once in a life time trip!! We enjoyed the star gazing and learned a lot about stars

Thank William Y
Reviewed 2 days ago

Mauna Kea was pretty neat: the sunset and the stargazing afterward were both incredible. It is definitely a commitment, but it's worth it. You aren’t allowed up without 4-wheel drive and it’s sub-zero temps at the top. It took us about an hour to get...More

Thank Karissa S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Been to the Big Island may times and have never done this. Went with friends that really wanted to for sunset and I'm glad I did. Amazing view and freezing cold. Be prepared for 30 degree weather up top and howling wind. All worth it!

Thank Steve V
Reviewed 5 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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
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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 .
22 September 2017|
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17 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.