Mauna Kea
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Mauna Kea

This dormant, often snowcapped, 4,200-meter (13,780-foot) volcano is the highest peak on the Big Island and in the state of Hawaii. Its name means “white mountain”; its sprawling slopes, along with those of neighboring Mauna Loa (at 4,169 meters, or 13,677 feet), are clearly visible on any cruise along the coast between Hilo and Kona. What you won’t see from your ship are the neatly shaped cinder cones and massive silver-and-white telescopes at its summit.

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