Sunset at Mauna Kea on the Big Island

The “Big Island” remains one of Hawaii’s favorite tourist destinations as it’s known for its colorful sunsets. It’s home to Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Hawaii. With such elevations, you can get sunset views from the summit down to the beach at the volcano base. The Mauna Kea sunsets will truly take your breath away with the picturesque scenery and color-changing sky. These are the best places to watch the sunset at Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea Summit

Mauna Kea is actually the highest summit in the world—higher than Mount Everest if you include the section underwater. Watching the sunset from the Mauna Kea Summit will give you a breathtaking vantage point above the clouds. The summit of Mauna Kea is a popular tourist destination where you’ll also find the Maunakea Observatories. You can take the Mauna Kea Trail to hike to the peak or drive up. 

It’s a surreal experience seeing the sunset at Mauna Kea as the sun falls below the clouds. Set up your camera for an incredible time-lapse video of the sky. Hang around for a fantastic dark sky viewing experience at night.

Kauna’oa Bay (Mauna Kea Beach)

There’s nothing better than a sunset on a beach in Hawaii. The Big Island is full of great beach locations—the best is Mauna Kea Beach. Mauna Kea Beach sits at the foot of Mauna Kea Volcano as it slopes gently into Kauna’oa Bay. It’s a secluded beach giving you a serene environment to enjoy the sunset. It’s a picturesque, crescent-shaped beach with white sand, blue water, and palm trees.

Get there early in the evening to get a good spot. Then, pick a place on the beach and sit and watch as the skies transform into vibrant colors of red and orange during the sunset at Mauna Kea. 

Lake Waiau

You’ll encounter many interesting natural occurrences during your hike up Mauna Kea. One of the more picturesque areas is Lake Waiau. It’s one of the only lakes on the Big Island and is located nearly 4,000-meters above sea level on the volcano. Lake Waiau is unique since its size changes drastically throughout the year.

If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset, visit the lake during the spring when it’s at its full size. It creates an amazing setting of clear water and a mountainous backdrop. You’ll get an excellent view of the sun setting between the mountain slopes as if it’s falling directly into the lake. It’s truly a sight to see if you time your visit perfectly.

Mauna Key Beach Hotel is a great location to watch the sunset at Mauna Kea

Seeing the sunset at Mauna Kea is an experience that you don’t want to miss. Stay near Mauna Kea during your vacation to Hawaii to have easy access to these locations and can enjoy the beautiful sunsets every night of your stay. 

Thanks to its location right on Kauna’oa Bay, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the best place to stay. You can reserve a beachfront room to see the sunset over Mauna Kea Beach from your balcony. These rooms are very popular, so call 1-808-882-7222 today to check availability on your travel dates.

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