Mauna Kea

Welcome to the Atlas Obscura Community discussion of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawaii. Ask questions or share travel tips, experiences, pictures, or general comments with the community. For the story behind this place, check out the Atlas Obscura entry:

Summited 05/26/16. This was on a long-overdue honeymoon. We drove to the bookstore around midnight and my longsuffering wife slept while I hiked up in the dark. She met me at the observatory and walked with me the remaining distance to the summit – which also meant I had a ride back down. (Don’t judge me.)

Some kind of crazy bug occasionally spooked me through the night with its sound like some kind of galloping horse.

The sunrise was unlike any I have experienced; it was otherworldly.

I recommend the side-trip to Lake Waiau, because it is weird and beautiful.

Big Island Brewhaus provided excellent post-hike refreshment.

1 Like