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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: (808) 961-2180
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Must stop here before going to Mauna Kea summit

You need to stop at the Visitor center to get your heart get used to light air of the summit. Visitor information is staffed by some very nice and informative staff. They were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Burnsville, Minnesota
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Burnsville, Minnesota
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134 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You need to stop at the Visitor center to get your heart get used to light air of the summit. Visitor information is staffed by some very nice and informative staff. They were very helpful and provided some very good information. There is a nice movie running continuously which provide some good background about the mountain and its history

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Maunakea at sunset (wow!) before sipping hot chocolate at the visitor center. Their telescope collection is impressive, and we enjoyed stargazing with their knowledgeable, passionate staff!

Thank GenevieveEinzig
Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only will you get a personalized stargazing experience but you get to see celestial bodies you might not even know existed. I recommend going when the moon is not out call ahead and ask for information .

Thank bleeble
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Since Hwy 200 has been newly paved, a trip to the visitor information center has become a lot easier. It is only a 40 minute drive away from Waikoloa Village. There are interesting points on the way: we stopped at a lava field, and as you drive up the mountain the vegetation will become less, but the view over the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We "unfortunately" got caught in a 95% full moon the first night we went. It was late and the crowds have left so we had good opportunities to speak with the volunteers more and had a good look at the moon itself. We were impressed and made a second visit the day. We drove up from the west side early-late... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parked at Visitor's Center and hiked up a short steep trail to get a better sunset view. Awesome experience and would love to return to look thru the telescopes and stargaze.

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Eriksdale, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good location to acclimate but with only 3 women's bathroom stalls and STUPID people using them as change rooms it is difficult if you are on a tour to actually get to use the toilet for what it's meant for The centre also has no lighting which is dangerous at night for older people I understand no white light but... More 

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Houten, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The star gazing show was something else! Highly recommend making the effort to go there just before dark and enjoy the starts. When we were there they also had pretty sophisticated telescopes for people to view stars far away. I got to see a nebula! Tip: make sure to take warm clothes as it gets around 5 degrees

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Norristown, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend the free evening stargazing for anyone at all interested in seeing the most amazing night sky ever. Drive up shortly before sunset and walk up the path across the street from the Visitor Information Station to see the magnificent sunset. Come back down after sunset and watch a film inside (about Mauna Kea) while the volunteers set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great trails and views. Had our own tour guide, Dominik. His knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture was amazing.

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