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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
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+1 808-961-2180
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"mauna kea"
in 184 reviews
"wheel drive"
in 71 reviews
"milky way"
in 68 reviews
"hot chocolate"
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"bring warm clothes"
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"watch the sunset"
in 56 reviews
"stargazing program"
in 25 reviews
"star gazing program"
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"night vision"
in 18 reviews
"light pollution"
in 23 reviews
"saddle road"
in 79 reviews
"visitor's center"
in 51 reviews
"new moon"
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"sea level"
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"star tour"
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"naked eye"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A rolling video and small gift shop is what we found. The road to summit was closed due to bad weather. Able to hike to sunset hill but not very good visibility. Weather was mild, 50's. Pants and light jacket were all we need (we...More

Thank jads8627
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came up for star gazing with the kids, unfortunately it was cancelled due to incremental weather. Instead, we participated in a presentation about testing programs for Mars taking place on Mauna Loa, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The grounds were hard to walk around at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, son and I went to the Maunakea Visitor center in early April, 2018. We went about an hour-and-a-half before sunset and stayed about 1:15 past sunset, and it was everything we expected and more. Observations. This place is 9,200 feet above sea level....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very fun evening. First, from the info station we hiked to the top of a hill to watch the sunset. Seeing the sun dip below the clouds was really a special sight. It is cold and windy up there. You'll want a...More

1  Thank Mnikaido
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Weather didn’t cooperate with us so it was impossible to do any kind of stargazing during our stay. We still wanted to visit because it is supposed to have good scientific information about the astronomy performed there. There was not much to enjoy in the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up not being able to continue past the visitors center. It was closed by the Rangers just after the center, due to ice/weather. We had rented a 4 x 4 from Harpers by KOA airport. This is one the only places that will...More

Thank MichaelH6811GY
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

There are good videos here about Maunakea and the observatories on the mountain. Very informative and interesting. Not much else is here tho. It is basically a staging ground for those who plan to hike up to the summit. So there is lots of food...More

Thank Riverliver
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful day, sunny no rain on the top of the mountain, good thing we had a Jeep, need four wheel drive. Going from sea level to 13,700 was a bit intense, altitude an issue for a couple of Oklahoma flat landers

Thank Ron H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Worth the trip, and to the top. 50mph winds up there the day we went, sadly the top close down shortly after we arrived due to high winds, so tour was cut short.

Thank DineRight4
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Cloudy day but still had great view oh Mauna Loa. 5 Star astronomy talk by a PhD who works at the telescope on “baby stars.” Really good. First Saturday of the month only I think... parking is tight. We arrive about 5:30 and had a...More

Thank 44joanne
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I’m planning on going to Hawaii in December 2017. Is going to the Visitor Information Station (VIS) worth it, without visiting the summit? Does it matter for the VIS if you’re there during the day only, or if is it better if you’re there at dark? (I’m not bringing my own telescope). Is it regular practice to ignore the rental contract and just drive to the summit if you know how to drive mountain roads (weather permitting)? Basically, I don’t want to take the time to drive up the mountain road and only look at a kiosk. If the VIS is just a kiosk, with no view, I’d rather go the summit. If I can’t do that, I’d just skip it altogether, I have mountain views at home :) As background, I’m from Colorado and drive in the mountains frequently. I have no qualms about driving 2WD vehicles on gravel, steep, narrow roads - in good conditions. I really understand that wet, snowy or icy conditions (and night) changes things dramatically, as does roads with crazy steep inclines, large boulders, and bad weather, will make any trip high-clearance 4WD vehicle worthy.
7 December 2017|
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Response from WonderingWhimsy | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor Information Station and watching the sunset was the best thing I did on the Big Island.
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26 October 2017|
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Response from Beth C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Brad W. However, I wouldn't count on anyone bringing their personal telescope and would bring your own.
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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
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