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Great view but bit of a trek

Mauna Kea offers a wonderful view at the summit, but I wouldn't call it breathtaking. It's quite a while to get there and you need a 4x4 car to get there plus some time. If you... read more

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Mitchell M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mauna Kea offers a wonderful view at the summit, but I wouldn't call it breathtaking. It's quite a while to get there and you need a 4x4 car to get there plus some time. If you want to do it I'd recommend one of the tours for an overall much better experience since there's truly not much to see for... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to see the stars but were lucky to catch the sunset. It's just a magical place to go star gazing. It does get cold so make sure you bundle up with hat, mittens and a jacket. The park rangers are funny and informative about various astronomy facts. A nice surprise was seeing the Hubble telescope streak across the... More 

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Pittsburgh
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We made it to the visitor center, not the summit. It rained like crazy the whole drive up saddle road but as we climbed to the top, the rain disappeared. We saw a beautiful sunset on the way up. You can not see it at the Visitor Center. We were lucky as the clouds parted and we got to see... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Mauna Kea is visitor centre is located on 2800m above sea level, 1 hours driving from Kona city. From there, visitors can learn more before heading to the peak 4200m if wishes to do so. At this level, you can hike slightly higher on the trail but be careful with the strong winds! However, I would not recommend visiting the... More 

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I have never seen the stars as close and wonderful than on Mouna Kea late at night all alone from the regular street. I didn't make it to the top because the weather wad very cloudy the secons time I went. I loved tge stars.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

On a whim, we decided to drive up to the parking lot and store towards the summit of Mauna Kea after a full day around the island. We were in absolute awe of the amount of stars in the sky. It was truly an amazing free experience!

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Radebeul, Germany
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Bring your warm clothes with you, because it's very chilly up there. I drove up to the visitor center, because I haven't had a 4x4. While you up for the sunset, you should join the stargazing. Astronomer built up their telescopes, so take the chance to look through. There are many people at the visitor center for the sunset, but... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

We booked the Arnott's Lodge tour up. The tours are a bit expensive, but we didn't have a four wheel drive vehicle so it was really the only option to get to the summit. Seeing the sunset up there was a fantastic experience and having a guide to point out some of star constellations in the night sky was nice... More 

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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

80 degrees at sea level, 29 degrees at the top at 14,000 feet, bring your warm jackets and windbreakers. You will be above the Clouds with stunning views. Snow at the top with gorgeous sunset views. Plan to arrive at least an hour before sunset and stop at the visitor center once the sun sets. After dark at the visitor... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We drove up to the visitor center. It was chilly. Be prepared. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't see the summit from the visitor center. We ended up driving around the north tip of the island and had a spectacular view of the summit. There is a very nice view of Mona Loa from the visitor center. There... More 

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