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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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+1 808-961-2180
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09:00 - 22:00
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US$186.46*
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Mauna Kea Voyage
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Sunset at Maunakea

What a spot to watch the sunset! We thought we could drive to the summit but it is recommended that you have a 4 wheel drive. However we were not disappointed to watch the sunset... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Telescope views of Mars, Venus, Orion's Belt and the Moon were about as good as a toy store telescope views. No moving mounts on the telescopes to maintain viewing position, so the magnification was set very low to keep the target in view. Docents still had to move the telescopes now and then to keep the targets in view. What... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a spot to watch the sunset! We thought we could drive to the summit but it is recommended that you have a 4 wheel drive. However we were not disappointed to watch the sunset after a 15 minute to to the top of a hill just outside the visitor station. Inside the staff were very helpful,with information and advice.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic! Went on a night with no clouds, no moon. Unbelievable. Wear as much cold weather clothing as you brought on the trip. Get there by 30 min prior to sunset to find easy parking but stick around until at least an hour after sunset to get the full darkness. More stars than I've ever seen in the sky by... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow, simply wow! This is worth the trip up and worth freezing for. It gets to be 32F with the wind at night. Simply amazing how many stars, planets, and galaxies one could see. Get there early to watch sunset, but mainly to get a parking spot. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset as you wait for the night... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This visit is something I will never forget. I've been to the Big Island about 5 times but it wasn't until my sixth visit that I finally visiting Mauna Kea. The stars that I saw without even using a telescope were amazing... I saw the Milky Way, and a satellite orbiting the earth, not to mention a few planets and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Manuakea Visitor Center has a great gift shop (unusual gifts for avid constellation fans). After sunset you can enjoy a ranger-led informational talk on constellations (so beautiful in the dark sky) with large telescopes. The Big Island uses yellow lights, directed down, for their street lights to keep the lights low for the workers using the observatories on top...makes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I even enjoyed the winding drive up the side of the volcano. After a day of hiking my daughters convinced me that we could make it up for sunset. We made it with 15 minutes to spare. The views were breathtaking. The crowds were large so stargazing meant a lot of waiting in line. Since this was the holidays they... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We opted for a night visit to Mauna Kea for star gazing. It was one of the more manageable bucket list items; and it was manageable at 44 degrees. Clear skies made it possible not only see the many stars (simply line up to peer through any of the telescopes set up outside facility) but to notice the blanket of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether your an amateur astronomer or just curious about the universe, this is a great way to learn about astronomy and experience the best star show in the world. Dress warm because it will be cold! Plan to stay at least 90 minutes past sunset for best viewing. The stars really start to pop at that point.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting. Not for small children. Bathrooms are clean. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Outside picnic area

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