Family of Adventurers Takes on Maua Kea

A Swiss couple and their four children are stopping on the Big Island this weekend to climb to the summit of Maua Kea.

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by Associated Press

HILO, HI- A Swiss couple and their four children are stopping on the Big Island this weekend to climb to the summit of Maua Kea.
   
The adventurous family so far has navigated more than 60,000 nautical miles and climbed the highest peaks on five continents. After Maua Kea, they will sail for Alaska where they will climb Mt. McKinley, North America's biggest mountain at 20,320 feet.
   
Dario Schwoerer and his wife, Sabine, began their odyssey in Switzerland in 2000. The family travels aboard a solar-powered, 50-foot sloop. They plan to spend the winter in Alaska and then sail the Northwest Passage to the Atlantic Ocean. They expect that their journey will end in 2017 after 18 years of ocean adventures.