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Onizuka Center for International Astronomy

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-961-2180
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breathtaking... literally

This is so high up, altitude-wise, that it is almost hard to breathe! Beautiful views and an absolutely amazing star studded sky once the sun went down. However, it is freezing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Virginia
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Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is so high up, altitude-wise, that it is almost hard to breathe! Beautiful views and an absolutely amazing star studded sky once the sun went down. However, it is freezing cold and you need to dress warmly or you will be very uncomfortable. There was snow on Mauna Kea during our visit and it was closed to travelers, so... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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57 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stopped there for an hour to acclimate for our trip to Mauna Kea observatories. The center has lots of unique gifts, tee shirts and other item unique to that location.

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Dacula, Georgia
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52 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The staff are very friendly and helpful. They go out of their way to make sure you appreciate the views through the telescopes. Lots of educational opportunities to learn about how Mauna Kea has helped change astronomy.

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Olympia, Washington
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55 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

It takes some effort to get here, but worth it. You don't realize how much light pollution has taken away the night sky but it is on display here. The sky is so full of stars that the familiar constellations are hard to pick out in the crowd. The Center has presentations on the sky followed by viewing through telescopes... More 

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Pleasant Grove, UT
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15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Saddle Road is excellent, the road from there to the Onizuka Center not so much, but it was worth the drive in near total darkness. Several telescopes were set up and the volunteers were delightful and knowledgeable. It was a new moon, so we had a great view of the sky and milky way galaxy. My teenage daughter declared it... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is also listed and reviewed under: "Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station" on TripAdvisor. So, I have a review there as well. But, just to add... don't miss this if you're on the Big Island! Starting at the "vis" to acclimate for at least 30 minutes is essential before heading up to the Summit. After sunset, this is where everyone... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The biggest distraction of the evening was no one's fault. We had a pretty bright moon out and it made it impossible to just look up and see the magnificent sky I remember from 60 years ago out on the farm. Very disappointing. They had a particularly good DVD on the universe but there were a few problems. First of... More 

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Spiez, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The center's exhibition is small but gives a good view into astronomy, but most part of the room was the souvenirshop... in the evening you can watch the stars trough telescopes outside and drink hot chocolate, but it gets really cold up there and like the doors are always open you can't warm you up inside. So warm clothes are... More 

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Lincoln, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

If you plan on heading up to the summit of Mauna Kea, this is a good place to get out and acclimate to the elevation. Also, on the way back down stop in for some hot cocoa or coffee and watch the presentation of the sky. They have telescopes set up so you can view certain planets or distant galaxies(Andromeda),... More 

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Leonardo, New Jersey
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We drove Saddle Road to see the sights and ended up here. What a great place! You can cross the road and hike a small hill and the views are just amazing. We came back at night to climb it again and watch the sunset. Then they set up telescopes so we could see the surface of the moon and... More 

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