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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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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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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday 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 6 days 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

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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a 4 wheel drive but in retrospect don’t feel it was necessary. We got to the closed visitor center about 4:30 AM and stayed in our van almost an hour to supposedly acclimatize. By the way, the portable toilets are an absolute disgrace—...More

Thank Judy R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly, there is little access to any of the observatories; Keck has a viewing portal, but I missed the 4:00 pm closing. However, being at over 13,000 feet elevation feels special enough. Glad I had a Jeep; the summit road is not your run-of-the-mill scenic...More

1  Thank Rod W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the sunset trip with a tour guide and were simply amazed at everything. Stars, stars, stars......and even meteors moving thru the night. Cold at the top but the snow on the road was gone. Enjoy and be careful!

Thank IrishFan-80
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made it to the false summit only. We had 2 kids under 16 with us and it was recommended that we don’t take them up. The star gazing was magical from the visitor centre. The staff were very helpful and the 360 views fantastic....More

1  Thank HappieKnadn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When tried of the beach, head out on Saddle Road to visit the "tallest" mountain in the world. Mauna Kea is the tallest when measured from base (sea floor) to summit. When measuring mountain summits by their height above sea level, Mount Everest is the...More

1  Thank Russel R
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Jon S
25 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
31 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
31 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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