With its high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow, Mauna Kea’s summit is one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation. Since the creation of an access road in 1964, thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries have been constructed at the summit.  This is the most place incredible place we’ve ever been for stargazing. 

Mike (with shorts on) taking in the sunset at a
 chilly 39 degrees.  When we got back to sea
 level, it was 79 again (whew)!
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano.  Standing 13,796 ft. above sea level, its peak is the highest point in Hawaii. Did you know that most of Mauna Kea is underwater?  When measured from its “oceanic base” Mauna Kea is over 33,000 ft. tall, significantly taller than Mt. Everest!
Note to self:  next time bring appropriate footwear
 when scaling mountains with snow in Hawaii!!

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