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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-2180
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Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-2180
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Reviewed yesterday

Drive is well worth it. The stargazing program had 4 telescopes the night we were there. You will need coat! Go early for sunset and bring dinner. Picnic tables available.

Thank louisvillekaren2016
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The sunset at Maunakea is certainly spectacular. Access to the visitor center is a 6 mile drive up a paved winding access road. The VIC has snacks, drinks, souvenirs, warm hats and blankets, etc. We didn't go to the summit as our cat wouldn't allow....More

1  Thank MLussier2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

The drive up is uneventful, you may see some endangered animals. The visitor center is at about 8.000 Ft Elevation so the weather is very different from the weather down on Saddle Road. A very interesting movie is shown regarding the building of the various...More

1  Thank Jerry B
Reviewed 3 days ago

and from here there is really not too much to see. You have to drive another 7 to 8 miles to get to the top of Mauna Kea ... and a large portion of that road is not paved. There were all kinds of warnings...More

1  Thank treerod1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with our extended family. It was raining and cold at the visitors center. It was jammed with visitors. You need a four wheel drive to go to the summit. My son and the brave members of our family went to the summit where...More

Thank jarmstr278
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was hands down my favorite part of the Big Island. It's worth the drive! Dress very warmly. I wore a heavy coat, hat and gloves and I was still cold. I know it's stated a four wheel drive vehicle is needed for getting to...More

2  Thank WonderingWhimsy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking one of the saddle roads up to Maunakea was such a interesting drive. Carry very warm jackets as the nights get really cold even in the middle of summer due to the altitude. There is a quick hike that can be done starting across...More

1  Thank SDayal_TravelBug
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you do the small walk under the bridge and to the hilltop to watch the sunset. We almost missed it thinking the centre was the place to be. Then you can return to the centre for star viewing. Good marketing material and gifts...More

2  Thank Sonjabs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Maunakea was the one of the important reasons to visit Big Island. It was about 90F at Kona. But when we were there it was around 30F and freezing cold. Fortunately we could buy some jumpers at the information Station. It was freezing cold...More

Thank 118hyejin118
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are two parts to a visit to Mauna Kea. The visitors center at night to view the stars and a drive to the top to see the view and the observatories during the daytime. A word of caution, drink a lot of water before...More

1  Thank Donna K
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30 August 2017|
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Response from wgregbraun | Reviewed this property |
If you are going to the visitor center any decent rental car will make it there...you need a four well drive to onward to the summit Bring warm clothes and arrive a half hour before sunset so you can enjoy that...there is... More
Justin M
10 August 2017|
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Response from bobndee24 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't try Uber while we were there. However, there's no reason that someone with a 4 wheel drive couldn't do it. I wouldn't trust someone without a 4 wheel drive because you need the low gear to keep the vehicle going... More
13 June 2017|
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Response from CoastToCoastMom |
I found the answers I was looking for after spending days trying to get an accurate answer. This site has temps at the BASE (at the Visitor's Center) as well as at the SUMMIT of Maunakea. I do appreciate everyone's advice... More