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Mauna Kea Summit

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must-do on the island. You get above the clouds and see for miles and experience the cold that Hawaii has to offer. A drop down to the visitor center offers better star gazing (I think they say because of something with the...More

Thank Cthans
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove over an hour to the visitor center, but were really disappointed. The website lead us to believe it would be a good alternative for people who could not go all the way to the summit, due to health conditions. It was just a...More

Thank Irene02_2013
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

we rented a 4x4 from harpers and drove up. husband got the shakes a littles when we got to visitors center but got over it after about a half hour or so. we had hiked the hairy hill at beginning of access road and took...More

Thank Sharron i
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have made the trip up to the summit a few times now, 3 for sunset and once for sunrise. If you manage to go up on a clear day (the weather reports aren't particularly helpful the best way to predict is to look and...More

Thank NTallis
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Disclaimer: we're Canadians who vacation annually in the mountains, so no part of the trip up to the summit was alarming or shocking to us. That said, even after all the mountains we've climbed or stayed on, going to the summit of Maunakea was absolutely...More

Thank mrsvleek
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sunset at the Mauna Kea is fantastic even though it is freezing cold up there. But still very recommend to go! Just a few tips for driving up there: - You really don’t need a tour! If you have a 4WD you are fine!...More

Thank MarieLouiseStapels
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive was totally worth it. When we arrived at the top we were able to see for miles! We enjoyed out sandwiches and stunning day.

Thank Lmercier907
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes, we saw plenty of people driving themselves up and even some hitch hikers...but we were completely happy paying to join a small group tour with Hawaii Forrest and Trails. Their driver/guide is quite knowledgeable, the van is comfortable, dinner (before making the ascent) is...More

Thank Junebug818
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views up top are spectacular. Make sure you bring warm clothing, the wind is blowing and occasionally there is snow on the ground. (Yes, snow in Hawai'i). The landscape looks like something from a sci-fi movie with observatories and antennas pointed towards the sky....More

2  Thank hermanb770
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a terrific place. Best views and wonderful to be there We were there with dear friends, actually family, who live on the Big Island. We all just love Hawaii.

Thank Daniel F
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Ann L
29 March 2018|
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Response from hazel S | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. We had my grandchildren up there. They are 4 and 2yrs old. Yes its wonderful for children, we stayed up there as dusk descended and had an amazing view of the volcano. If you are going for any length of time, take... More
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26 March 2018|
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Response from hazel S | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, it's a very good road. I drove up and I normally drive on the opposite of the road and I had no problems. I found people driving weren't in a hurry. I thought the road was great, maybe I'm just used to New Zealand... More
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23 March 2018|
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Response from Steve V | Reviewed this property |
We used our own 4WD vehicle. Although I would disagree that was needed. There are so many people that driving the road at dark is not an issue, we’ll illuminated by all the headlights. 8 hours is an awfully long time to... More
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