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  • Day12

    Mauna Kea - die Auffahrt

    August 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Da Niklas nach dem Schnorcheln noch kurz Duschen wollte fuhren wir erstmal zurück in unser B'n'B, danach noch was kleines Essen und endlich konnten wir los in Richtung Mauna Kea.
    Wir fahren von Kailua-Kona auf der 190 zur 'Sattle road', dem Hwy 200. Kurz hinter/oberhalb von Kona erinnert die Landschaft an die schottischen Highlands. Links der Straße macht es sogar teilweise den Eindruck ob hier vor kurzem noch ein Wald/Steppenbrand gewütet hat. Aber die Landschaft ist total interessant.
    Die Straße steigt stetig an, das geht auch so weiter auf der sogenannten Sattle Road. Diese ist total neu ausgebaut und mit einem Tempolimit von 60 auch gut zu befahren obwohl es immer noch steil bergan geht. Die karge Landschaft wir immer wieder von Kratern überragt... Gigantisch.
    Auf ca. 2000 Meter Höhe zweigt die Straße zum Visitor center des Manua Kea ab. Die Straße windet sich nun die letzten 6 Meilen auf ca. 2900 Meter hoch. Hier durchquert man auch die erste Wolkenschicht und es regnet eine Weile. Oben angekommen haben wir wieder bestes Wetter...
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  • Day77

    Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea

    May 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I had the most fitting final day on Big Island. There would have been something missing for me if I hadn't made it up to the 'saddle road' which runs E-W (or W-E ...) across the island on the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. In the past hire cars weren't allowed up there but the road is mostly upgraded, though driving can be iffy if the weather changes.

    It was a beautiful clear morning so I took a picnic to the Mauna Kea Recreation Area which is about half way across. It fed my soul to finally see the tops of those 2 great volcanoes 😎

    I hadn't planned to do this, but feeling inspired I did a little more research and decided to head up to the Mauna Kea Visitor Centre. It's a stop-off point at 3000m for anyone going to the observatories at the top, to help prevent altitude sickness - it's the change in altitude (most will be travelling from close to sea level) that causes the problem. I saw one person really struggling. To go further you have to have 4WD, specifically a vehicle that can do engine braking on the descent.

    Well that's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's lovely up there. I huffed and puffed to the top of a nearby cinder cone (the thin atmosphere, obviously) and got fantastic views over that part of the volcano, and not a soul was around. Very special in ways I don't really understand.

    Then I stayed until dark for the star gazing run by the Uni of Hawaii 😊. The centre has facilities to buy and prepare noodle pots, cocoa, coffee. Plus hoodies, socks, hats and blankets to buy. That all makes sense when the temperature drops to 5C ... that compares to low 30s daytime, mid 20s night at the coast... ie. flippin' freezing! So now I have an extra hoodie.

    They show a film while the sky is darkening, which doesn't shy away from the controversy about having the observatories at the summit. I hadn't heard this before. Mauna Kea is a sacred mountain for the native Hawaiians, not only a mountain, but an actual ancestor. I think some sort of framework is in place now to help reconcile the different perspectives.

    Ace day.
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  • Day1

    Mauna Kea visitor center

    January 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    On the way up to the summit of Mauna Kea we had to stop at the visitor center to slowly acclimate to the elevation before going to the summit. Saw some interesting silversword plants there and watched part of a film about Mauna Kea and all the telescopes on the summit. Researchers from all over the world use about a dozen or so telescopes and there may be another soon.Read more

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Pu‘ukalepeamoa, Pu'ukalepeamoa