Mauna Kea is a sleeping volcano on the island of Hawaii. It is the tallest volcano mountain. It has not spewed lava for over 4,000 years. The latest data estimates the Mauna Kea last erupted around 2,482 B.C. The resting volcano is a popular tourist site on the island. The current lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano is confusing some tourist as to which mountain they can visit and which is closed.
There is still plenty of sun to soak up and beaches to roam on the Big Island. The tourism board reports that tourism was slightly up by 9.4% at the beginning of the year. Some shops and business owners have reported a slowdown in sales since the eruption.
Volcanologists and geologist have been putting out press releases to douse any myths that the Mauna Kea may not be safe. Hawaii has many beautiful parts from the sand, villages, and mountains. It is a large island, and the erupting volcano is only affecting a small part of it.
Mauna Kea rises an impressive 14,000 feet into the atmosphere. There is a visitor’s center around 9,000 feet, and this is a good place to stop, gather information, and check the weather conditions at the top. Because the drive takes roughly two hours to reach the peak, and the rise is swift. Altitude sickness could be an issue for some, so the visitor’s center works as a stopping point to get used to the changing altitude.
For a nighttime adventure, free stargazing is held during the week. Check with the information desk before heading up for the date and times, and check the weather to see if the night sky will be clear.
Mauna Kea, the other volcano, and Hawaii still offer tourists a safe, unique experience in a tropical paradise.