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Mauna Kea, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
Hilo , Hawaii
Tel: 808 961 2180
Concierge.com's insider take:
Mauna Kea, 14,000 feet above sea level, is the highest peak on the island. It's an all-day affair to drive up there, and definitely worth it if there's snow (for the novelty value). But the air is thinyou may suffer from altitude sicknessand you should bring your own supplies. The summit of Mauna Kea is recognized as one of the world's best places to observe stars, so about a dozen of the finest telescopes are situated here, along with some of the world's best astronomers. Most of these facilities are for experts only, but there are free tours on Saturday and Sunday, and the visitors center hosts a stargazing program nightly from 6 to 10 pm.
Open daily 9 am to 10 pm.
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