Standing at 13,796 feet, Mauna Kea is the tallest
mountain in Hawaii. From November to April it is snow capped.
It is renowned for its star gazing with NASA telescopes.
Mauna Kea, meaning "white mountain,"
is not only the world’s highest island peak; when measured
from its underwater base, it is 33,476 feet tall, 4,448 feet
higher than Mount Everest. The clean, dry air and absence
of urban light makes the summit ideal for astronomical observations.
Because of these advantages, the Mauna Kea Observatory (the
world’s largest) has made many break-through discoveries.
The public can share the spirit of discovery during star gazing
programs, held daily from 6-10 p.m.
Climbing Mauna Kea is primarily long and tedious.
The climb is a popular way for mainland Highpointers to combine
hiking a state highpoint with a tropical vacation. A road
to the observatory and guided tours make the summit accessible
to nearly all.
Located on Alii Drive across
from Hard Rock Café in Kailua-Kona, on the oceanside, Java on the Rock offers you a beautiful setting
in starting your day with a great cup of gourmet Kona Coffee
and breakfast. Enjoy this beautiful setting right on the Ocean
as you plan out your day. Visit