Mauna Kea Observatories, Island of Hawaii

#2 of 10 in Childrens Museums in Hawaii
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  • We took a shuttle to the top to see the sunset and then do star gazing. It was absolutely amazing. it was breath taking. it was amazing to see all the observatories. The view was unbelievable. It was....  more »
  • What an incredible mountain. It's considered sacred to native Hawaiians so please respect that. It's so one of the most amazing drives in all the world. Where else can you gain so much elevation and change temperatures so quickly? Nowhere I can think of. It was 92 degrees in Kona and 39 degrees on summit, less than two hours later. A must do for Hawaii. The sign says 4x4 vehicles only to the summit but the road isn't that bad. I saw a couple sedans make it to the top no problem.
  • Read all the reviews prior.. this is the truth..Do you need 4x4 no... I literally watched a rental mustang and Hyundai go up, is it more comfortable in a 4x4, I'm sure. Do take a hour to adjust at the visitor station. Do take really warm clothes, once the sun sets winter is coming..(GOT) you do feel funky because of the altitude. Other then that the views, sunset, stars, are amazing

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