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Reviewed 3 days ago

We wanted to go to the summit, but was not able to because of it being sold out. We decided to stay at the visitor center for the star gazing. I cannot say enough about how informative this was. It happened to be a clear...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here to see the sights at sunset. We were prepared and came with a four wheel drive. Looking at the website it is very confusing what is going on. First of all, there is a drive to the top where they say you...More

1  Thank darusjuarez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was such a neat experience while on the Big Island this week. The drive up is worth it itself, but once you get to the visitor center the real views kick in. You are truly above the clouds, and it is a very neat...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Go on a night the visitor center provides telescopes for star gazing. I would arrive by 6:30 and stay to 10. You can also see the glow from the lava fissure 8 way off in the distance while star gazing, as well as the lave...More

4  Thank abcsAbcs
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Our family of six adults joined 7 others and the Hawaii Forest and Trails driver for an amazing adventure, Mauna Kea Summit and Stars, on 5/28/18. We met the tour bus at the Queen’s Shops at Wiakoloa about 3 pm. The trip consisted of a...More

Thank AlohaBoulder2014
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Fabulous view from the summit. Must stop at park station at 9k to ensure altitude adjustment, you'll need at least 30 minutes here to ensure you're "safe" before proceeding to the top. Suggest a Jeep of 4 wheel drive vehicle. Park staff was friendly and...More

2  Thank Travelerwjw
Reviewed 1 June 2018

We visited Mauna Kea in a rental car. After reaching the visitor's center, the road is restricted to 4WD vehicles, for the last portion of the drive. However, the views going up to the visitor center and the return trip were great. Many places to...More

1  Thank S6736LSM
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We had planned to go up to mount Kea Summit with an organized tour but the tour had to be canceled as the road to the summit was closed because of a forecast of snow showers. We went to the Mauna Kea Visitor Center and...More

1  Thank Roman_Austria
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

We went here to watch sunset at it was very amazing! Be so high up in Hawaii and so cold! Be here in time cause it gets dark fast and you have to use a 4wheel car and wear warm clothes and bring camera!

Thank eva r
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Mauna Kea's visitor centre is a must stop on the way to the top. The drive up requires a 4-wheel drive, as the mountain has some very steep climbs, which will test your transmission and brakes. Our rented van struggled to make it up. The...More

1  Thank Sneakycin
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Pankti M
19 May 2017|
Response from Lauren W |
Hi Pankti, Saddle road is easily accessible, and I assume there is parking at the pickup spot. Please make sure you are physically prepared for altitude, and enjoy your tour!
Kris J
10 August 2016|
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Response from 795stephie | Reviewed this property |
We flew into and stayed in Hilo. It really depends on the type of weather you like. Going to the Big Island in Hawaii the 2 sides are totally different. Hilo is like a rain forest and Kona (usually more popular with tourist... More