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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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We've been a few times and have enjoyed it each time. You can never count on the weather, one time, only had access to the gift shop because of the fog, another time, just as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Petaluma, California
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Petaluma, California
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've been a few times and have enjoyed it each time. You can never count on the weather, one time, only had access to the gift shop because of the fog, another time, just as the telescopes were set up, fog. The third time the weather was beautiful, we went early in the day and drove all the way to... More 

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Rhein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this place is simply spectacular...the museum is tiny but well worth the visit! I loved the exhibits and the extensive details on everything volcano...oh and obviously watching the volcano from a safe distance just made it perfect

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Anchorage, Alaska
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a really nice visitor center and gift shop. It features loads of science themed toys and games for grandparents to bring back for the kiddos, plus your requisite mugs, tees and hats. But stay and watch the programs about Mauna Kea, going to the summit, the telescopes, etc. They are really informative. At night during the star parties,... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We drove up Mauna Kea on a clear day. You need a 4WD to get to the top, but if you have one it's well worth it. It looks like something you'd expect to see on Mars. It's quite cold up there (8C vs. 30C at sea level when we went) so a jumper is important. Another evening we drove... More 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 .

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Kelowna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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