Unique Gifts Commemorating the World's Most Spectacular Places

Maunakea Paperweight (Mauna Kea)
  • Maunakea Paperweight (Mauna Kea)
  • Maunakea Paperweight (Mauna Kea)
  • 3 1/4 inch diameter
  • Cast in fine pewter
  • Felt backing
  • In clear-vinyl covered box
Place Name: Maunakea
Elevation: 13,796 ft.
Coordinates: N19° 49' 31'' W155° 28' 08''
Location: Hawaii, USA
MarkerSleuth Photo Contributor: Kathleen Stariha and Michael Scott
Maunakea, meaning "white mountain," is not only the world's highest island peak; when measured from its underwater base, it is 33,476 feet tall, 4,448 feet higher than Mount Everest. The clean, dry air and absence of urban light makes the summit ideal for astronomical observations. Because of these advantages, the Maunakea Observatory (the world's largest) has made many break-through discoveries. The public can share the spirit of discovery during star gazing programs, held daily from 6-10 p.m.
Climbing Maunakea is primarily long and tedious. The climb is a popular way for mainland Highpointers to combine hiking a state highpoint with a tropical vacation. A road to the observatory and guided tours make the summit accessible to nearly all.