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Address: Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
Phone Number: 808 974 6200
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We stopped at the Mauna Kea State Park/Recreation Area. It seems to have 2 names. The only part we stopped at was right off the Saddle Road on the north side. Our old guide book... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MNVikesfan
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Charleston, Illinois
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Salome, Arizona
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went as far as the visitors center, about 9,200 ft elevation. A four wheel drive was required to go all the way to the top. They had a video that was very interesting. It explained the history of the volcano and the telescopes on the top.

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Thank Sue R
Charleston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the Mauna Kea State Park/Recreation Area. It seems to have 2 names. The only part we stopped at was right off the Saddle Road on the north side. Our old guide book said there was a hiking trail there, it hasn't been used for several years according to a park staff member. There are new buildings and... More 

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Thank MNVikesfan
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a side trip up to visitor center on a Thursday and they had a nice informative video on the star gazing. Afterwards they set up telescopes for everyone to look thru. And it was free. Don't know if its every week but we worth the drive. Dress warm as its pretty high up

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Thank Drickard1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,573 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,270 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came to see the stars near the visitor center and also saw the sunset. The area is very pretty with out of this world views. You'll think you are on the moon!

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Thank HelenaGuerra
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We didn't have a 4WD rental car so stopped at the 9,300 foot level where the Visitors Center is located. We did hike one of the short trails from there and really enjoyed the landscape and views.

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Thank Michael P
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We did not have many expectations regarding the tour as we did the booking in a rush, however, I have to say that Arnott's Lodge Mauna Kea and Stargazing adventure tour did surprise us in a good way. Departing on time, Ben was an amazing, knowledgeable and funny guide who was always ready to help us and keeping an eye... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Due tot he warnings we stopped. Glad we did. The visitors center has restrooms as well as information on the site. clothing incase you get cold. Gift selection that even my husband purchased a few items. They have things taking place all the time make sure you visit the website.

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Thank Readhead40s
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

A must-see on the big island, so beautiful and the observatories are incredible. The sky here is so clear, you can see the milky way!

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We didn't make plans to go all the way to the summit this time because our rental car forbid it and we didn't have the funds to do the stargazing evening. But we did go to the visitor's station on our way back to Kona. The views were amazing. The light, the clouds, the silverswords..it was all so ethereal and... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

It is an alien landscape and its beautiful. It's lonely, desolate, and ought to be experienced. It doesn't hurt that it has some of the best views for stars anywhere in the world.

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