See the Stars from the Top of The World

See the Stars from the Top of The World
At 13,796 feet, the summit of Mauna Kea (White Mountain) is the logical place to put an observatory. So we have several. Sitting high above the clouds, these telescopes have ideal conditions for observing the night sky.
 When the sky is clear during the day you can see them glinting in the sun atop the mountain. In the winter, the top of Mauna Kea is snow-covered, and adventurous types ski and snowboard its slopes.

The Visitors Information Station (808-961-2180) offers free tours and you can drive up to the summit, but you must have 4-wheel drive. Also, the weather can be tricky. Winds can kick up to over 70 mph and the temperature plunge to well below freezing (yes, we're still talking about Hawaii) so we advise you to take one of several local tours. These people know the mountain and will get you up and down safely and with less hassle. Some tours specialize in sunset/stargazing trips others in day trips. This is an amazing and unforgettable trip if you have the time.