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Trip Planner: USA / Hawaii / Island of Hawaii / Kailua-Kona / Mauna Kea
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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We traveled up Mauna Kea for a sunset on February 25th 2023 with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures guide Fernando. His extensive knowledge of Big Island volcanic history (he seemed to know the year and...
We traveled up Mauna Kea for a sunset on February 25th 2023 with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures guide Fernando. His extensive knowledge of Big Island volcanic history (he seemed to know the year and... more »
This is an all-day/into the night journey that is worth every minute. The mountain is famous for its size and meaning to the native Hawaiians; the work that is being done by the astronomers and...
This is an all-day/into the night journey that is worth every minute. The mountain is famous for its size and meaning to the native Hawaiians; the work that is being done by the astronomers and... more »
Absolutely must do if on the big island. Need a true 4x4 with 4L. Took a 4Runner with no issues whatsoever. Once up there, highly recommend taking a 1 mile round trip hike to the true summit. Hike is harder then you think given altitude. Was about 42F with 30mph winds in late November, so wear appropriate clothing.
Main reason we chose the Big Island to visit. Absolutely beautiful drive. Going 0 to almost 14k elevation in a short span hurts a bit (drink plenty of water). Snow was on the top but otherwise nice weather (be sure to check website before driving up). Park rangers were very friendly and helpful. You can't go to the actual summit (a bit of a bummer but understandable due to the cultural significance for Hawaiians).
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