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Found snow on the big island

We visited for the park for second time as we stopped at the visitors centre on the first visit Finally made it to the observatories this time and had clear sky It felt very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The drive to the top of Mauna Kea is a must do, really is. The drive is spectacular and the views at the top are even better. Stay for the sunset, it is worth it regardless of how cold and windy it is,

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We visited for the park for second time as we stopped at the visitors centre on the first visit Finally made it to the observatories this time and had clear sky It felt very surreal The road was very misty and not for the faint hearted

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Palm Springs, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We came up with a couple of Seniors, but left them at the Ranger station for the lecture while we went to the summit for sunset. I would put this visual experience with visiting the Grand Canyon. Both have to be experienced to really understand the epic scale of the view from the summit of Mauna Kea.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We arrived at 1 pm on Saturday to listen to the Park Rangers about the mountain then take the caravan with them up to the summit. We were prepared with a 4-wheel drive that the car rental would allow you to take off road (Harpers) and an oxygen canister we purchased at Sports Auority. We also brought a picnic dinner... More 

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Ferndale, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We went up during the day, so didn't get to go in any of the observatories. It was a long trek up the mountain but the view was awesome! Mauna Loa was visible at times, as was Maui. The signs state 4WD only, but I can see it was for liability. The road is a bit "washboardy," but I've certainly... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a must for the Big Island! Just know if you have kids 16 and under there are no tour companies that will take them. So plan accordingly and get a nanny/babysitter (Big Island Babysitters/Jackie is the owner). We met our tour guide at the center and we took us in a van with 6 others. (It's super risky... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Unique and amazing experience. We drove ourselves. You gotta get a true 4 wheel drive with locking differential. It's no joke. Ours was a Ford Ranger pickup, and while it fit the bill, it was not sufficient (back end too light maybe). On the dirt road after the visitor center, the back wheels kept slipping. It was a little scary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Pay the big bucks and rent the Jeep 4x4 and really use it! Best thing I've done in years on the islands is the FREE TOUR with a Park Ranger to the Observatory on top of Mauna Kea. It's nearly a full day and evening event. Pack your beach cooler and head up the Saddle Road in time to get... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We did this with a tour operator. Do not drive this yourself. It can be dangerous, the road is very steep and you can get dizzy when you get to 14,000 feet of elevation. Also, you will not have a telescope. The tour operators have them in their vans. We did sunset at the observatories and it is absolutely the... More 

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Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Awesome drive ,beautiful views. be sure to stop at ranger station and gift shop to get used to altitude.

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