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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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You have to have a car to get to it and a 4-wheel would be even better. A terrific place to see the sunset but bring warm clothes as it gets really cold when the sun goes down... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Heike Y
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You have to have a car to get to it and a 4-wheel would be even better. A terrific place to see the sunset but bring warm clothes as it gets really cold when the sun goes down. Don't miss this one!

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is not to be missed for various reasons. On the way up, get a briefing on road condition and spend a while to acclimatize yourself to the altitude (2800m ASL). On the way back, stop for the stargazing program. If not in a hurry, come a bit later into the evening (like past 7:30), by when the sunset... More 

Thank Martinzz
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful stargazing experience. The staff was very well informed and eager to answer questions and share their passion. We can't wait to go back!!!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They have people working there that are very friendly and informative. They sell snacks and drinks, as well as t-shirts and sweatshirts. The restrooms were clean, with running water. They also had picnic tables by the bldg. for visitors use. It is 4 wheel only above visitor center.

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Queen Charlotte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There's not much here during the day, but you should definitely view the silversword enclosure by the parking lot. There are good restrooms, and drinking water. The nighttime astronomy show is well worthwhile.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent night sky viewing! We arrived 2 hours before sunset at the visitor center, for the Saturday night star tour program. Picnic area is available. The rangers provided a very informative presentation. After sunset, we enjoyed the telescopes set up by local astronomy students and were given a star tour! We did not have a 4 wheel drive vehicle so... More 

Thank Ellen M
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way from Hilo to Waikaloa we went to the Information Station. We had the wrong vehicle to summit (4WD only) but the time spent at the station was very informative to get a glimse of the research and types of telescopes on the summit. Volunteers will answer your questions and provide road information. The views are spectacular if... More 

Thank Tom P
Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a haul from Kona and the scenery on the way was really nice. We goth there about a half hour before sunset and hiked up the ridge to watch the sun go down. Thinner air made the hike a little harder than I anticipated but it was well worth it. I highly recommend it!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very cool experience. We drove from the Waimea area -- a lovely drive, you ascend very slowly so you don't even really notice you're going up 9200 feet. We drive through clouds to get to the visitor centre -- literally, clouds! We wanted to go to the very top to the observatory (and rented a 4x4 to... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a clear, breezy night during Halloween 2015, and as a bonus they had their astronomy talks with some enthusiasts bringing out some high powered telescopes. Excellent view including nice sunset. Bring your jacket up, its pretty chilly.

Thank pec95

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