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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

A must for all visitors, a nice hike to Mauna Kea Summit and with great weather we had a great view of all sites from summit.

Thank Coconut88888
Reviewed 2 days ago

The star gazing program is great for all ages. Very interesting and informative. Thank you volunteers for putting this on. Make sure you bring warm clothes. Don't forget to get your stamp that you've been there.

Thank elmek1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Simply astonishing experience. We enjoyed everything, from the drive up, to the walk on top of the summit. With good weather and favorable season, the road to get up is quite easy and smooth... once at the summit it is possible to walk around the...More

Thank Joe_Shlabotnik
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyable, easy hike. Many vistas and signage at points of interest. Wild orchids bloom along the path. Restrooms at the top : )

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took this excursion with arnott's adventure. You go first to Rainbow falls and then proceed upwards to the visitor centre at about 9000. ft and then to the summit at 14,000 feet. We saw some spectacular sunset views. It was a good day but...More

Thank Kushal D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We planned to see sunset at the highest elevation here where the Telescopes are. It was very cold so wear the warmest outfit you have. The ranger recommended to stay by the visiting center gor anout 20 minutes so your body gets used to the...More

Thank luckydog172
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This non active volcano is a hard climb but accessible Word of caution is advised to the public if you are planning to go to the summit, both on the visitor information station website, as well as at the Visitor Information Station. Wear good shoes...More

Thank Hello T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Go in time to watch the sunset and stay for stargazing! Bring warm clothes because it does get cold! The UH astronomy students give lectures about the stars and constellations and you can look at the planets through the telescopes!

Thank CarolKanani
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is our second trip up to view stars. Still very busy, however they have added more parking which is nice. Unfortunately the parking lots are very unorganized and chaotic. Lots of people trying to drive the wrong way and park in the dark. Too...More

Thank Jessica J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We didn't stay for stargazing or sunset. Make sure you have enough gas and need a 4wd to go to summit. Being above clouds is awesome.

Thank Aaron Y
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Are there any taxi companies that take you to the summit? We are looking at options of driving ourselves but would rather enjoy the journey so wanted to know whether there are any taxi companies or private drivers that would take us right up to the summit (Suburu telescope)? I have only seen your companies and we don't want to join one as we need to be there at a certain time... Also, does anyone know what telescopes you can look inside? Thanks!
9 May 2017|
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Response from Orwellwasright | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You can a hire a tour company to take you up there. Have search online. I saw loads of tour buses when i was there.
Tracey L
Can we drive to the summit with all wheel drive?
7 April 2017|
Response from Travelling_Bubbies | Reviewed this property |
Yes you definitely need at least four-wheel to drive to the top. If you're renting a car, note most rental companies have restrictions that do not allow you to take the car past the observatory (at around 9,200 ft). Past... More
Haye C
I am planning to scale the Mauna Kea summit in this fashion: 1) Drive my 2WD rental to the visitor center before sunset and go through the stargazing program. 2) have a light snack and then at 11pm start hiking up all the way to the summit (expect to take less than 5 hours) 3) watch the sunrise and then hike back down to pick up my car at the visitor center. Is my plan safe? I read about the hiking trail but I don't see a lot of people talking about doing that. I have hiked up Mount Kota Kinabalu and consider myself moderately fit.
12 March 2017|
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Response from Al H | Reviewed this property |
On the drive to the visitor center, the road is surprisingly good, so I guess that would make sense. On the hike, I was told by our driver there is a substantial fine for a mountain rescue, so hiker beware. I'm moderately... More