Mauna Kea in the Distance

Mauna Kea in the Distance

The Big Island of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the highest spot in the state, rising to 13,796 feet above sea level. The freezing temperatures at this high elevation lend to the meaning of this volcano’s name, literally translated as “white mountain.”

Mauna Kea is renown for some of the best stargazing in the world, which is why its summit is home to several top research observatories.

Visitors can access the stargazing by parking at the visitors lot around 9,000 feet and view from there or hike farther up the mountain.

This picture was taken from Mamalahoa Hwy looking east across soft fields.

You can read more about Mauna Kea on Wikipedia.

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