Mauna Kea–“White Mountain”–tops out at just shy of 14,000 feet on Hawaii’s Big Island. It is the first part of the island to catch the morning sun and the last to keep the sun as it sets. Not many people realize that Hawaii has snow, much less a mountain peak taller than most places on earth.
Up here the air is clear, dry, and cold keeping the snow pack in place for the slight majority of the year. Known around the world as one of the best places to view into the galaxy, Mauna Kea is home to several powerful observatories.
This spot is also sacred to Hawaiians who believe it has a rich history with and strong connection to the creator gods.