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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.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wheel drive” (284 reviews)
“visitor center” (549 reviews)
“star gazing” (312 reviews)
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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"wheel drive"
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"star gazing"
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"mauna kea"
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"warm clothing"
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"milky way"
in 121 reviews
"night sky"
in 141 reviews
"altitude sickness"
in 56 reviews
"watch the sunset"
in 129 reviews
"ranger station"
in 36 reviews
"sea level"
in 88 reviews
"the big island"
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"tallest mountain"
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"high altitude"
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Reviewed yesterday

This was the highlight of our trip. I still cannot believe there are so many stars visible from our planet. You need real 4x4 to drive up to the summit, they will not let you drive up in regular car, so make sure you rent...More

Thank 607TomP
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went on a cloudy day and there was heavy fog when we drove down the mountain from the visitor center at around 5pm. But the view along the way was great with diverse landscapes, and the saddle road is worth of trying.

Thank YYQQ
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Reviewed yesterday

We did the tour and unfortunately we hit bad weather our guide was surprised they let us up to the top. Even though we didn't get to see the sunset and stars, it was still great! Jeff was our guide and he was wonderful! It's...More

Thank donnaonlbi
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Reviewed yesterday

The ranger at the visitor center checkpoint lets you drive to the top if you have a 4x4. The gravel road is well maintained so no special offroad skills are required. What is required however are warm clothes or the ability to tell yourself that...More

Thank Dino W
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I spent the night at 14,000 feet to watch the sunrise. It was like I was on another planet. It was absolutely amazing. It is cold at 14,000 ft. Cold! Bring a coat.

Thank geralds247
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately the road from the visitor station to the summit was closed when we visited despite it being a beautiful calm day. I have no idea why they can't put this on a sign at the bottom of the road so you don't spend an...More

1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have only driven up to the visitor center for stargazing, since to get all the way to the summit you probably would be better off with an AWD car. Since I came after sunset I didn’t really see any view. The roads are curvy...More

Thank Wenrui Y
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We traveled with Mauna kea summit adventure. We have taken the trip with several different outfitters and like them best. You can't believe how awesome sunset is from the top. Maybe it is the thin air up there. Never cease to be amazed at how...More

Thank jcnagle850
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went up with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures. Excellent tour with a comfortable van, parkas, gloves and dinner midway at the visitors center. Beware, “dinner” is vegetable lasagna in a metal dish and a brownie. That said, both were really good! The view at the...More

Thank AuntieDearest
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This drive is well worth the time, however I wish we would have checked the road reports before going. It was a clear and beautiful day in Kona so we headed up. The road was closed at the visitors center due to wind. Funny thing...More

1  Thank jiki3
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Jon S
24 January 2018|
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Response from ArataTa | Reviewed this property |
To the visitor center, any car is alowed to be there however if it's heavy snowing, reccomend 4x4. To the summit, almost all rental car company has no insurance even 4x4 but just Harper Rental Car which is the Big Island... More
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John W
30 December 2017|
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Response from Rebecca B | Reviewed this property |
Other rental companies rent 4WD vehicles but do not permit you contractually to ride to the summit of Mauna Kea or some other difficult to access locations. I found Harper’s rentals as an economical way to the summit... More
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mikki m
30 December 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely not!! My daughter is a nurse in HI and said the altitude is far to high for children much less a 6 month old and a 5 year old. Don' do it. I'm a grown man 6'1" and had a problem at the top. The visitor center... More
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