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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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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

Mauna Kea looms over Kona and is a great place to visit. They have telescopes at the lodge level, but it is great to go all the way to the summit. You will need very warm clothing if you go in the winter.

Thank luvinheart
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to the summit for sunset and actually opted to view sunset from the parking lot as the view that direction was better. (From the actual summit, the parking lot is in your view). Views from the summit were breathtaking - literally and figuratively....More

1  Thank scubadiverh
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to the summit on an organised tour as our rental copmpany did not allow the use of their cars on the access road. Having traversed that road now I'm surprised at the restriction because it really isn't a difficult journey, and certainly nothing compared...More

Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We could see Mauna Kea from the highway as we drove along the coast north of Kona. On rare days the summit was clear and I saw the observatories with binoculars and by using zoom for photos. I got good views of the volcano from...More

Thank jgluv2travel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are visiting Kona, you have to go to the Mauna Mea summit. Like no place on earth for an out of this world sunset. Take the Hawaii Forest and Trail tour. Hank is great. Highly Recommend.

Thank MI_Traveler_II
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went up to the Visitor's Center and walked around a little bit to explore. We were prepared for the cooler temperatures, but it was a bit rainy. Unfortunately we didn't check the visitor center hours - it didn't open for another while so we weren't...More

Thank starburst_12000
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove up to the summit around 10am in the morning and since we didn’t have a 4wd we took it slowly. The roads were fine and we didn’t have any trouble. Just driving up was an experience. At the summit people were loading their...More

Thank KristinMiles
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had read from other reviews that there isn’t much to take in at the visitors center, but we went there since it was along the route we were taking back from Hilo. We did the short little walk to see the Silversword plants, and...More

Thank Crbmtb
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must do while on the big island. Well worth a stop to take in the beauty. Gives you a real feeling of what is important.... Family, The Creator, and taking the time to breath .... just breath!

1  Thank wildnsoft
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 4x4 Jeep all the way to the top... No problem! The road was very manageable...two risks: other less experienced 4x4 drivers and the dense fog at times. We saw a beautiful sunset! It was freezing so dress accordingly!

2  Thank Aranchia
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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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