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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%
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just do this. It's almost impossible to describe the breath-taking feeling of this experience up on the top of a volcano, on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Thank Dawn R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There are no words to express how beautiful this place was. Watching the sunset from the summit is a must!

Thank Brenden90
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

With 2 kids under 16 we just visited the Visitor Information Center for stargazing and did a short hike to view the sunset! Its totally worth it!

1  Thank samchari
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went near sunset to listen to the presentation about the stars at yhe visitor center. You watch an interesting video and then go outside and its amazing! The sunset before is spectacular and the stars are so vast you get lost for a while....More

1  Thank Chris W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great tour through Hawaii Forest & Trail that's not widely known about. Our guide and driver, Kim was great! She was a wealth of knowledge and provided much history and information about Hawaii volcanos, stars and constellations and the telescopes on top...More

Thank Teresa D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once beyond the Mauna Kea visitor center, the road becomes gravel. My car, a 2002 Jeep Leredo, seemed to be unhappy with the lack of oxygen. But, it did okay. I understood it's odd performance once I reached the top, as my elderly body found...More

1  Thank Brad W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving up Maura Kea is a great experience filled with lots of anticipation. After several miles, stopping at the visitor’s center is very interesting and seeing the video of Hawaiian history and stories of the mountain teaches you things that most will never know. Unfortunately,...More

2  Thank r0bcentpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiked from the visitor center to the top. Great weather. No altitude sickness symptoms, though I prepared by taking Ibuprofen, drinking plenty of water, and slowing my hike speed down.

2  Thank sphincter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If it is not snowing, you should do this and if it is snowing, bring your skis! The first time we drove to the summit we did it without a 4-wheel drive, but we did just fine. You do need to spend at least a...More

1  Thank KatmaiKate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went up to watch the sunset and it was spectacular. Make sure you bring clothing for very cool weather if you plan on spending time up here. It's very cool and pants and a coat is necessary.

Thank Sue A
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3 December 2017|
Response from chunkymonkey2017 | Reviewed this property |
I took a tour with a company called Hawaii Forest & Trail. The guide we had was formerly a science professor at the University of Hawaii and he was an excellent guide. The park rangers I saw were there for safety and allowed... More
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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