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We drove up to the visitor center. It was chilly. Be prepared. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't see the summit from the visitor center. We ended up driving around... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove up to the visitor center. It was chilly. Be prepared. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't see the summit from the visitor center. We ended up driving around the north tip of the island and had a spectacular view of the summit. There is a very nice view of Mona Loa from the visitor center. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We headed up to the Ranger's station (at about 9,000 feet) to get above (most of) the clouds and watch the sunset. Definitely worth the outing, but make sure you dress for what was a very cold outing - and I mean very cold. The short hike up the hill opposite the ranger's station gave a spectacular overview of the... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We drove to Mauna Kea, took the road to the visitors center. Arriving there we saw that the road further up was closed due to snow and icy road conditions. The visitors center itself is nothing special. So check before you go!

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Mauna Kea as a couple on a Wednesday in November for watching the sunset. The spectacle itself started at around 5:30 p.m.. But make sure you are there in time. Unfortunately the place was heavily crowded especially by Asian tourist groups which were running around (sorry to say) like crazy chickens. We arrived at the top at around... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We were at the visitor's center at sunset and had the added bonus of seeing Saturn (complete with rings) from one of the big telescopes. The number of stars that can be seen is absolutely amazing and the Milky Way is stunning. We came to photograph the Milky Way tonight, but will go back tomorrow night for the "star tour"... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I went to Mauna Kea on my last night in Kailua-Kona and I am so happy that I could end it in spectacular fashion. It took about 1.25 hours to drive from Ali'i Drive. I have pretty severe asthma, so I knew I wasn't going to the summit, but other reviews said it was still a great place to visit... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We drove the highway through the island at night (which is the road Mauna Kea is on) I have never seen a night sky like that before. It was awe inspiring. It was the first time I had ever seen the Milky Way. And not just a haze; it was in full view. Really wonderful!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

After a winding route to the visitor centre, we spent the evening star gazing. You need to dress warmly as it gets very cold, minimum of long trousers and sweatshirt but coats and blankets help. Parking is limited so arrive in plenty of time before sunset. There is an opportunity to see through telescopes and a great talk with laser... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

If you are staying in Hilo, maybe this is worth the trip, but in my opinion, not from Hilo. The situation at the visitor center at night is very chaotic, with kids and people, and dust everywhere. Car lights, flashlights, and people's phones ruin the viewing experience. The telescopes that are set up were appreciated, but they weren't focused on... More 

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We were unlucky with the weather. Arrived around 6:30pm and the information centre and surrounds were covered in cloud, so could not see the sunset. The clouds eventually lifted but mist stayed around so they could not bring out the telescopes for a while, and then had to bring them in early. We saw Saturn and the moon. The moon... More 

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