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Mauna Kea Observatory

Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, 9,200 foot level of Mauna Kea, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-961-2180
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Ranked #1 of 39 attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Not sure it's worth it in the daytime, but it's nice to say you went up there. Crazy to be so cold and go home to the beach. Neat to see.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The most peaceful place on earth, so far. Serenity, majesty, splendor..... felt so close to the Creator. Tremendous positive energy flowing. Extraordinary landscape with the lava formations and the tender light green vegetation competing for attention. At times, felt I was in the lunar terrain!!!! The powerful telescopes and observatories, a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I would adhere to all the rules I.e. Use four wheel drive, no kids under 16 except to visitors center. I am pretty healthy and could feel the difference at 9200 ft. I started to wonder if I should go to the summit, my wife and kids stayed behind and I took the 30 min drive up to the summit... More

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Shelby, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place with a beautiful vibe. The sunset perfectly over the clouds and the observatory. I would recommend that you dress very warm though. It is freezing with high winds.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I have never seen so many stars together! It was gorgeous! There were lots of telescopes free to use to have a look at the millions stars on the sky. There was a touristic guide explaining galaxies and stars by using a laser pointer to each star while he was explaining them. You need to bring warm cloths as it... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Great sunset. Stargazing on clear nights is amazing. There are telescopes set up outdoors and experts available to point out various objects in the sky.

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Hilo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There is only one place like Mauna Kea on this Earth. Don't miss it, especially at sun set. It is about a 4 hour commitment, so plan accordingly. It is desolate and moon-like, with very thin air----so be careful. You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle and make sure that you have plenty of gas, as there no gas... More

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Awesome place to visit, a sky full of stars, a great view of the sky and the surrounding landscape is worth driving through to view as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I we drove to the top of the mountain for sunset which was amazing. then back down to the visitor's center where park guides give a free tour of the night sky.

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

awesome experience, loved the night star-gazing tour, guide was fantastic used laser pointers at stars

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