Mauna Kea is the tallest sea mountain in the world, offering unprecedented views of the heavens above. So get ready for some stargazing like you’ve never seen before.
Visiting Mauna Kea Art, Culture and History
Because both modern science and traditional Hawaiian culture are greatly influenced by this iconic mountain, Mauna Kea holds a unique cultural power. Visiting Mauna Kea is awe-inspiring, and the grandiosity of the mountain has long attracted human beings to its sacred summit. The ancient Hawaiians found it home to two gods, and the mountain is still held in deep reverence today as a connection to the heavens. The current astronomical study at the summit of Mauna Kea comes from a similar interest in finding and understanding mankind’s place in the universe.
Because of the dark skies and lack of artificial light pollution, Mauna Kea has the best stargazing on the Big Island, making it not only an opportunity for cultural experiences but one also of vast beauty.
More than 11 countries, non-profit institutions, and scientific cooperatives have established, funded, and maintained 13 telescopes atop Mauna Kea.
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