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Mauna Kea, Kailua-Kona

#1 of 29 in Parks in Kailua-Kona
Mountain · Nature / Park
Ascend to the highest point in the state at Mauna Kea. The peak of this dormant volcano is 4,027 m (13,803 ft) above sea level and is considered sacred in Hawaiian mythology. As you take in the views, you can see the observatories where astronomers study the skies. You can hike, drive, or take a guided tour to the summit. If driving, you should use a four-wheel drive vehicle to avoid damage to your automobile. Visitors traveling up Mauna Kea's flanks should stop for at least half an hour at the visitor center to acclimate to the elevation. Bring a warm jacket; the temperatures get cooler as you ascend. PutMauna Kea into our Kailua-Kona holiday builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Jeff was our tour guide/driver and did a fantastic job. I learned so much information about the volcanoes and the telescopes at Mauna Kea. The temperature at the summit is usually near freezing every....  more »
  • On the way back to Waikoloa from Volcano National Park, we made a quick stop off of the Daniel Inouye Highway up Mauna Kea. Got up the the visitor center for sunset, and it was really spectacular...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit. It was quite windy while we were there. Great views!
  • sorry all but the access road was totally blocked. no going up at all. I was there Aug 20.

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