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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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They have an educational event every evening at 6 starting with a movie and then star gazing. The lights from the cars going down the hill can be distracting but even with that... read more

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

They have an educational event every evening at 6 starting with a movie and then star gazing. The lights from the cars going down the hill can be distracting but even with that, your eyes will get sensitive enough to see more stars than you thought possible, The speaker is very engaging and tries to mix knowledge with entertainment.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went for the evening star talk in February 2017. Volunteers give a very good tour and talk. The viewing conditions are awesome. Four excellent amateur telescopes were set on some of the evening's best sights (Andromeda galaxy, Orion nebula, etc) If you have one, bring a red-colored flashlight to preserve your night vision and avoid irritating your fellow star-watchers.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we went in the morning on day staff was getting ready for high winds and low temps. from information available, if you have time to spend (and conditions are right), it's worth going at night, but we did not follow up on this. lots of good information about the area in the visitor center. excellent view from the center.

Thank Tourista50
Queenston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We first went here in the morning, to get a feel and information about the place. Glad we did since it was quiet. The friendly staff had all the time for us and we could watch the Night Sky video without any disturbance. They told us to come back the same evening instead of the next as we had planned,... More 

Thank Adrian S
East Nassau, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the detour to drive the switchbacks up and up from the 6000' Saddle Road to the 9200' visitors' center.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This sacred place is loved to death by large crowds at sunset. Staff really works hard to provide a program for all to enjoy. The night was freezing even with gloves and ear muffs and a decent jacket - so our secret hack is to get a Heat back ache wrap at the pharmacy and apply if needed. We stayed... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see sunset and "star gazing" event after dusk in January 2017. Unfortunately, the night sky was cloudy the previous few nights but when we attended, the sky cleared and out came about 400 people (number from Visitor Center guide). We did NOT drive up the summit this night but did in the afternoon two days later (wise... More 

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sunset view was an absolute emotional experience. It left our kids and us with a feeling that we just had a tremendous life experience. Truly blessed to witness the sunset at this level and the visitor centre had a nice selection of souvenirs

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had booked a summit tour with a private company, and were disappointed when it was cancelled because of snowfall closing the road to the top. We read online that we could visit the Visitor's Center without a 4wd vehicle, and that they set up telescopes and gave an informative talk after sunset. We visited, and were... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the MaunaKea Visitors Center with guests several times before. This is a high lite of some of our guests trips. Each time it has gotten worse. This last time was the final straw. We have known the Visitors Center was getting more known and more popular but did not expect what happened. It was absolutely jammed with... More 

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