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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.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

Definitely put this on your list of things to do in Hawaii!! It is a have to see it to believe it experience and not something easily described with words.

Thank Laurie912
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Reviewed yesterday

Loved everything about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Arthur was our tour guide and he was not only very knowledgeable about the area, but was really nice and gave me a bag of home made cookies because it was my birthday. The summit visit was just too...More

Thank DizzyLizzy115
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Perhaps we should have done more research even though we did some... we weren’t allowed to go to the summit because we didn’t have 4-wheel drive and we had 2 young children under the age of 12. The main stop before the summit is basically...More

Thank mountainholmes
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a must! It is a spectacular show of stars. We even saw a shooting star! There is a guided tour in the evening equipped with laser pointer to identify constellations.

Thank thomsonma
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Definitely take the drive to the summit of Mauna Kea while you are on the Big Island. I'd never been at nearly 14,000 feet before and thought it wouldn't be a big deal - it was. We acclimated for 30 minutes at the visitor center...More

Thank Kay K
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the tour to the summit. On the way the bus stopped at a big white tent for supper and then continued to 13,760 ft. Beautiful view and at dark we experienced the galaxy. The guides were excellent with pointing out the formations. Enjoyed...More

Thank Jazz1312
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

At 13000 ft there is an observatory and and 9000 ft there is visitor center. To reach the 13000 ft from visitor center a 4 wheel drive is must. But to reach the 9000ft normal car will do. Roads are good. There is a lecture...More

1  Thank Raja S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

40 Miles away we saw a long glow...Thought "what is that?" Not a town but the Volcano glowing! Stars where bright because it is so dark up there and COLD and breezy as well

Thank DougJones99
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful sunset view. The hike up to see the sunset is a bit hard due to the altitude. Make sure to bring flashlights. Right now you can see the lava glow at night.

Thank O2779ROmariar
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a 4 wheel drive Jeep for this and glad we spent the extra money. After stopping at the visitor center for about 25 minutes, we proceeded up the mountain. This was the scariest 4 3/4 miles of my life! It is dirt and...More

1  Thank Daniel S
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Ann L
29 March 2018|
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Response from hazel S | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. We had my grandchildren up there. They are 4 and 2yrs old. Yes its wonderful for children, we stayed up there as dusk descended and had an amazing view of the volcano. If you are going for any length of time, take... More
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26 March 2018|
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Response from hazel S | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, it's a very good road. I drove up and I normally drive on the opposite of the road and I had no problems. I found people driving weren't in a hurry. I thought the road was great, maybe I'm just used to New Zealand... More
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23 March 2018|
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Response from Steve V | Reviewed this property |
We used our own 4WD vehicle. Although I would disagree that was needed. There are so many people that driving the road at dark is not an issue, we’ll illuminated by all the headlights. 8 hours is an awfully long time to... More
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