At 4,205 meters (13,800 feet), Hawaii's tallest peak gets frosted by snow in winter. In fact, Mauna Kea holds the world record at 10,211 meters (33,500 feet) when measured from its submerged base to its summit, compared with Everest's 8,848 meters (29,000 feet)! The dormant volcano is home to the native gods and ideal for stargazing, either with the naked eye or the huge telescopes dotting the summit. Go earlier and you’ll get an orange blaze—and maybe an elusive green flash—during sunset too.
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.