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Onizuka Visitors Information Center

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
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Owner description: A center for star-gazing and information .
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New York, NY
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101 reviews 101 reviews
12 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Our tour to the very tippy-top of Mauna Kea was cancelled after Hurricane Ana passed near Hawaii and closed the 4WD road to the top, so we opted to visit the visitors' center in any event. A couple of things to note: 1) We started out from Waikoloa around 4pm (so that we could be in time for sunset) --... More

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West Yorkshire
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151 reviews 151 reviews
87 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Unfortunately, due to trying to fit to much in, we timed our visit badly, arriving long before the star gazing and there just wasn't enough to keep us there for the two or three hours before dark. We did enjoy the videos that play in the centre and there's a lovely, peaceful walk at the back of the centre. Enjoyed... More

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Olympia, Washington
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155 reviews 155 reviews
46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Have visited here a couple of times at the recommendation of a friend. They put on a excellent show with a great film and then roll out telescopes. Because the moon was full the Milky Way was overwhelmend. But, we saw Saturn, the moon, and many interesting stars. As noted, 4WD is needed to get to the top. Note that... More

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metro Atlanta
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Four wheel drive will definitely come in handy on this long and winding road. Drive up Up UP through the cloud layer, planning your timing for an evening arrival. Enjoy a star gazing party with volunteers who are eager to point out the features of the vast, open sky. There were several telescopes set up the evening we went. Among... More

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Norwich, CT, USA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
42 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We were doomed with a double whammy of no 4 wheel drive, and a 7 year old child, so we could not take the drive to the summit of Mauna Kea. Taking the winding road to the mid-point visitor's center was our worthy consolation prize. There are some educational programs to watch on the TV, and some super-helpful personnel to... More

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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273 reviews 273 reviews
123 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

While traveling the Saddle Road between Kailua-Kona and Hilo, take the time to drive up to 9,200' and the the Visitor Information Station. While rather small, the station plays various movies about astronomy and the night sky in Hawaii, offers a small gift shop, and staff on hand are available for questions. Washroom facilities make this the ideal place to... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

On a previous trip to the Big Island we paid for an "excursion" to the observatories on the top of the mountain. That was an awesome experience, but this time we drove ourselves. We were staying in Kona-Kailua and had spent the day driving to Hilo, so we drove up to the Visitors Center from Hilo. Saddle Road was excellent.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

This was such a treat! It was raining, but the sky cleared out by nightfall. You can go from daisy dukes and tank top to sweater and pants in a couple of hours on the Big Island when you visit the Mauna Kea Onizuka Visitors Center. Ample parking, no entrance fees and they only accept donations, and the people who... More

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