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Exploring Magical Mauna Kea

According to ancient Hawaiian mythology, the peaks of each Hawaiian island are sacred. Many people believe this to be true. This is one reason (among others) that Hawaiian culture harnesses a great respect for planet earth and environmental sustainability – it’s a product of spirituality.  The summit, Mauna Kea, is one of Hawaii’s sacred peaks. So, if you visit Mauna Kea, treat the peak with the same environmental respect and care as the locals.

 

Spiritual and Scientific Significance

Standing 13,802 ft (4,207 m) above sea level, Mauna Kea is an ancient relic of Hawaii’s earliest landscape. This dormant volcano is estimated to be about a million years old, as a result it has been thousands of years since the volcano was active. Furthermore, Mauna Kea’s age makes its terrain more rugged than it’s neighboring volcanoes. You can sense the peak’s timeless stance; the volcano communicates wisdom and ancient truth. Mauna Kea is spiritually important and it is also used to look to the heavens. The peak’s dry environment and high elevation makes it an excellent site for cosmological discovery. The summit has thirteen telescopes and numerous observatories that eleven countries are invested in.

Visiting Mauna Kea

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended if you want to explore this summit. Also, forewarning, many rental companies do not allow their vehicles on the volcano, so  if an accident happens, you are responsible. Also, you are not allowed to camp on the summit but visitors can hike to the top of Pu’u Kalepeamoa. At night, many visitors flock to the summit for dreamy stargazing. Although, because of oxygen levels, visitors will be able to see the stars best from the Mauna Kea Visitor Center.

Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse from Sean Goebel on Vimeo.

In conclusion, Mauna Kea is an excellent attraction for travelers that want to keep their Hawaiian experience rooted in nature. To understand Hawaiian culture, it’s imperative to understand Hawaiian land.  Mauna Kea is an excellent place to start begin your lesson.

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