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Mauna Kea Observatory

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Address: Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, 9,200 foot level of Mauna Kea, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 18089612180
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Star Gazing at it's finest!

If you're planning to go to the Mauna Kea Observatory you should be aware that you are going up 9000+ feet and to dress appropriately as it's brrr / cold up there. You should... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the sunset and the stars but the Visitor Center and all that goes with it were closed because of the TMT protests. Do your research before going.

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

If you're planning to go to the Mauna Kea Observatory you should be aware that you are going up 9000+ feet and to dress appropriately as it's brrr / cold up there. You should also stop for a bit at mid point to get used to the elevation as you'll feel light headed and winded by only walking a short... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

We were advised to acclimatise at the visitors centre before going up, which we did. Then went up only to be turned away by the Ranger up at the summit who was bringing everyone down after dusk. We begged for five minutes which we got but it was very disappointing after traveling from NZ especially to do it.... Great visitors... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

excellent place to see a sunset. You will see the telescopes moving during the sunset. Drive slow to the summit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We drove up until the point where cars were a bad idea. I was traveling with an American girl and an Australian lad when I went. We hitch hiked with a Canadian couple driving in a jeep (thank goodness, otherwise our rental would've been toast). The tours by the scientists from the observatory was free and very informative (timed).. [I... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We drove all the way to the summit and was able to see and hear some of the employees in training at the observatory. It's amazing that we have this science and beauty surrounding us. The drive took us above the clouds and could see Maui (we believe).

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The road to the summit is 4WD only but we saw several sedans make the journey, although I wouldn't recommend it. The views from the VIS are incredible but the summit is even better especially at sunset. The drive down can be stressful in the dark. Be sure to budget time for stargazing too. Helpful guides set up telescopes for... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Drove up the saddle road to the Mauna Kea Observatory to experience the awe of an uncluttered, by light, view of the universe and beyond. Volunteers manned several large telescopes and encouraged everyone to share in the view of the heavens. Laser pointers were used to identify rising planets and major star systems which could be seen with the naked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Amazing. Gift of nature. Sunset ...beautiful. Romantic. May sure to carry winter jacket. It was cold. Reach before sunset and wear comfortable shoes , a short trek up the hill to see the sunset. The drive from hilo to Mauna kea was breathtaking. Since Im not a fan of star gazing. Waited till 8.30 pm and left after watching the... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We drove almost 2hrs to get there, and the visitor center is all we got to see. Watched the 4 short films about the place, bought hot chocolate for the kids, used the bathroom and that was about it. Guess growing up in Colorado, this is really not that big of a deal. Thought they may have more exhibit at... More 

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Address: Address: Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, 9,200 foot level of Mauna Kea, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 18089612180
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo

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