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Mauna Kea Summit
The Big Island (Hawaii island) Top 3 in Can't Miss Attractions

98 Reviews
Liked by 3
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 0.5 day
Address: Kailua Kona, Hawaii, 96745
Phone: +1-888-3222366

What people are saying:

At an altitude of 13,796 feet (4205 meters), this is the highest mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii. If you count the part of it submerged in the sea, its height will exceed 10,000 meters, making it the highest mountain in the world (more than the Himalayas). But height is only an indicator to measure it. What I like is the stargazing experience in the mountains. In the eyes of traditional Hawaiians, it is a sacred place. The weather here is dry and there is no light pollution. There are more than 300 sunny nights throughout the year. Therefore, it has become one of the best places in the world for astronomical observation. Astronomical telescopes are scattered all over the hills. Drive there in the afternoon, enjoy the spectacular sunset on the earth from the clouds, step on the brown volcanic land, and have an infinitely broad field of vision. There will be a feeling of being outside the earth. Stargazing at night can see countless twinkles, which really complied with the phrase "stars can be picked by hand". It was cold, but I really couldn't bear to leave the bright starry sky.

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4.2/5Very Good
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  • Dave A
    Dave A
    Springfield, Virginia

    Top of the world...

    1. Dress warmly 2. Drive a four-wheel drive 3. Learn to drive downhill on gears rather than brakes 4. Take it easy -- 14,000 feet altitude can tire you out quickly 5. Look around and realize y...

    Reviewed on /Date(1583830251000+0800)/
  • Mike H
    Mike H
    Saint David, Arizona, United States

    An Adventure

    Not a problem getting to the visitors center but that is only at 9000 feet and you still have another 4800 feet to climb. The road is gravel and we have been on worse in Arizona but not at this elevat...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582528380000+0800)/
  • adt22020

    Maura Kea

    We tried to go up to the snow on Maura Kea. There was a tent city of protesters at the turn off to the mountain but they did not bother us. We were able to get up the visitors center, but not the last...

    Reviewed on /Date(1580923846000+0800)/
  • danaj824

    Beware of Protesters

    This is a beautiful sacred place I wanted to experience and see. Out of the blue our plans were blocked due to the protesters and as a result- a ton of police activity. We were unable to get to the su...

    Reviewed on /Date(1579670550000+0800)/
  • Laura_Pandora

    Definitely worth the drive

    We almost didn't get to visit because of the protests but thankfully the access road reopened a couple of days before our arrival. The drive up to the visitor center poses no challenge. The road to th...

    Reviewed on /Date(1579295196000+0800)/

Additional Information


Mauna Kea is situated on Hawaii Island. This is the place where is more similar to the Martian landscape on the Earth. Many movies about space are shot here. This dormant volcano used to be a glacier and is now home to many endangered species. The famous Mauna Kea Observatory on the top of the hill is a rare astronomical observatory.
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