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Tallest Mountains in Hawaii

These are the five tallest mountains located in the state of Hawaii. The tallest mountain in Hawaii is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, and it is actually taller than Mount Everest by quite a bit when measured from its base below the ocean. The top three highest mountains in Hawaii are all over 10,000 feet in height, and all three are beautiful sights to see.

The tallest mountains in Hawaii. The top three highest mountains in Hawaii all have their tops covered with snow at times, so yes it does snow in Hawaii.

The views from the tops of these tallest mountains in Hawaii are superb, and most are big tourist attractions in Hawaii. You can drive to the tops of a couple of these mountains, and most visitors to Hawaii do drive to the top of one of these mountains to watch the sunrise.

Tallest Mountains in Hawaii

1. Mauna Kea- 13,796 feet

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Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii is the tallest mountain in Hawaii at a height of 13,796 feet. When measured from its base under the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is some 33,500 feet tall. That is about 4,500 feet higher than than Mount Everest is.

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The top of Mauna Kea is relatively flat and open, and is home to the Mauna Kea Observatories. There is road that goes to the summit of Mauna Kea. Snow does fall on top of Mauna Kea, so it does snow in Hawaii. I've personally seen snow on top of Mauna Kea when observing the mountain from neighboring Maui.

2. Mauna Loa- 13,679 feet

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Mauna Loa is the neighbor of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. At 13,679 feet in height, Mauna Loa is the second tallest mountain in the state of Hawaii. Like its neighbor Mauna Kea, snow also falls on top of Mauan Loa.

3. Haleakala- 10,023 feet

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Haleakala is a huge mountain located on the island of Maui that rises to a height of 10,023 feet in height. Located in Haleakala National Park, Haleakala is the third tallest mountain in the state if Hawaii. Traveling to the top of Haleakala is a popular tourist attraction on Maui, especially early in the morning to watch the sun rise. The top of Haleakala is barren landscape that kind of looks like the moon. The views from the top of Haleakala are magnificent and well worth seeing, especially as the sun rises.

4. Hualalai- 8,271 feet 

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The fourth tallest mountain in the state of Hawaii is Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hualalai is located on the western side of Hawaii. Hualalai is a volcano that last erupted in 1801. 

5. Puu Kukui- 5,788 feet

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Puu Kukui is a 5,799 foot high mountain located on the western part of Maui. It is the fifth highest mountain in the state of Hawaii, and the second highest mountain on the island of Maui. The mountain of Puu Kukui is the second wettest spot in Hawaii after Mount Waialeale, and one of the wettest spots on earth with an average annual rainfall of 366 inches per year. 

For more see Five Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Hawaii

National Parks in Hawaii

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Comments (8)

I'd love to visit Hawaii one day. Thanks for info regarding some of the tallest mountains on this island state.

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Great photos and information.

Great pics like to visit

The landscape of these mountains is simply beautiful. The pictures are well chosen.

Some of them are really active volcanoes. Scary...

Is it true that these mountains get taller by the year?

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The active volcanic mountains in Hawaii do get taller, Gerard. The inactive ones tend to get shorter.

Maui is my home.  I love Hawaii.  Thank you so much for writing this one.