Colors of Hawaii: Orange Sunset on Mauna Kea


Yes that is snow on top of a mountain.  And, yes this photo captured on Hawaii.  We took this photo on a Mauna Kea summit sunset and stargazing tour on Hawaii’s Big Island.  What a contrast it was to go from sea level to snow capped cinder cones in a space of just two hours! Though it was very cold at nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, we really didn’t mind as the intensity of these sunset colors had us wide-eyed and wanting to soak it all in.  If you are considering taking a tour up to the top of the Big Island, be sure and read my advice on choosing a Mauna Kea stargazing tour

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  1. Wow! That is one incredible photo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the sky so orange and I’ve lived in Hawaii all my life. Truly one of the amazing things about Hawaii. Mother Nature showing off.

  2. Thanks, Nathan. Hawaii is one colorful state all around!

  3. That is one beautiful picture – I just love that ‘above the clouds’ look. My husband proposed to me up there 🙂

  4. Hi Lisa – that’s a great place for a proposal. How neat!

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