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Mauna Kea, Kailua-Kona

4.5
#1 of 27 in Parks in Kailua-Kona
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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  • Past the Visitors Center, driving about 8 miles in a low gear for power, you can get to the summit where all the telescopes are located. The drive is on unpaved rocky uneven road without guardrails.....  more »
  • This drive is not for the faint of heart. The last 7mi you must be in a 4WD (not AWD) that can go in to 4WD low. On the way down you need to also shift to very low gears so as not to ride the breaks.....  more »
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  • We enjoyed our visit. It was quite windy while we were there. Great views!
  • very disappointed at the concept of building a 30 meter telescope at the summit. 60 meters people you can do better than that
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