Important Things to Know
Maunakea is a special place
Maunakea is a central element of Native Hawaiian creation stories. Please be respectful when visiting. Leave the mountain as you found it, stay on designated areas for visitors, and, take any rubbish with you when you depart.
According to Kepa Maly (pdf file):
Maunakea - though simply translated as "White Mountain" since at least 1823, the name, Maunakea is also known in native traditions and prayers as Mauna a Wākea (Kea), "The Mountain of Wākea." It is the first-born mountain son of Wākea and Papa, who were also progenitors of the Hawaiian race. Maunakea is symbolic of the piko (umbilical cord) of the island-child, Hawi'i, and that which connects the land to the heavens.