VNP to Mauna Kea

Old Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:02 AM
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VNP to Mauna Kea

Hi all, We are (family of five, three older teenagers)traveling to the Big Island this August staying in the Keauhou-Kona area. My question is: if we stay to hike and view the lava at night, will we have enough time to visit the Mauna Kea Vistor Information Station. It looks like they are open until 10:00 pm. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:16 AM
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Since in August it won't get dark until after 9PM, you wouldn't make the Mauna Kea Visitor center. After you view the lava, you'll have a long hike back to your vehicle, and then a long drive to Mauna Kea.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2005, 12:12 PM
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Agree with rjscott, though viewing the lava flows can be exhilarating, the hike to and from it is tiring & would not recommend driving Saddle Road to the high altitude visitor center at Mauna Kea at after that hike
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It was my understanding that the sun sets much earlier in Hawaii (7ish). I still wouldn't recommend both.
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I live on the Big Island and the sun sets around 7 now. Mauna Kea is a long drive from the volcano, so as others advised, do the 2 separately.
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