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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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  • At 13,000 feet, the winds can practically knock you off your feet. I was there in daytime a few years ago and it was blustery and COLD. This trip was the watch the evening sunset, the weather and...  more »
  • Make sure you check the weather before you go because the summit might be closed. You can go up to the top IF you have an SUV with all wheel drive. If you do not have this they will not allow you up.....  more »
  • 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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