Access road to Muna Kea sumitt. Coming from Hilo you will find this road on your right at almost middle point of Rout 200 that connect Hilo to Kona. Its elevation is 2000m, so if you start Hilo in rain, it will be clear up like this photo. It is big mistake if you think this fine road brings you to the summit. Near the top it will be unpaved road and no guard rail. It is better to go there by 4WD.
Mauna Kea’s true summit. Little down the plateau of observatories, and climb scoria hill. It looks so close but it is hard work to go there because of thin air. There is an alter and always some offerings by native Hawaiians.
There are many radio telescopes at the foot of big scoria cone with snow. Some people enjoy ski here.
Just before sunset. The distant mountain is HaleaKala National Park in Maui Island.
Giant mirror of Subaru telescope. Diameter of this is 8m. It was the biggest single mirror in the world when it constructed. Though this mirror expands Kanto plains wide, there is less than 1mm unevenness. In the observatory it is very cold and very hard to move by oxygen shortage. It published three days a week, three times a day for 8 persons. You cannot see the stars through telescope, because it opens at daytime.