Also known as Mauna O Wakea, or Mountain of the Sky Father, Mauna Kea, the White Mountain is an important cultural site.
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Known for its hiking, sightseeing, and stargazing, a trip to Mauna Kea on the Big Island means adventure and excitement for visitors of any inclination. Due to the dark skies, lack of artificial light pollution, and low humidity, Mauna Kea offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the island and the night sky from an unreal vantage point. The stargazing program, sponsored by the University of Hawaii, is a fun and educational opportunity to learn about the universe.
You can learn about Mauna Kea on your own and even take your own adventures around the area. Or you can use one of the oldest and most prolific tour operators on the Big Island, Mauna Kea Summit Adventures to learn everything there is to know about this dormant volcano.
More than 11 countries, non-profit institutions, and scientific cooperatives have established, funded, and maintained 13 telescopes atop Mauna Kea.