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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

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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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For many years this park has been poorly maintained. The old caretaker did not do a good job maintaining the bathroom facilities or cabins. Recently the county has taken over the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2014
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Hilo, Hawaii
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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Wow an adventure. The climb up in the car is fairly rapid. When you get to the 9000' level make sure to wait at least 45 min to an hour before continuing the climb. Highly recommended to have 4 wheel due to the crazy off road conditions for last leg of the journey up the Mountain. There was still snow... More 

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Honokaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Bring warm clothing & dark chocolate and have a great time. Also good idea to bring a take out dinner so you can stay and enjoy the star programs starting at 6.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

For many years this park has been poorly maintained. The old caretaker did not do a good job maintaining the bathroom facilities or cabins. Recently the county has taken over the park and the improvements they are doing have been wonderful. Re-surfacing the parking lot, cleaning the bathrooms, not to mention opening up a second bathroom that has always existed... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The road up to the peak is a challenging drive both going up & back down. The road is paved most of the way up. Stop at the Onizuka Astronomy Center at the 9000 foot level. The center is named after Ellison Onizuka, Hawaii's first astronaut. He perished in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster. There is a kind of... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

It's a nice place to get out of your car after a long drive from Hilo especially after a foggy and rainy day. Situated strategically at the base of Mauna Kea, enjoy the peaceful solitude and a great place to unwind before another yet leg-pumping downhill drive all the way to highway 190 or to Waikoloa Village. My husband and... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

As state parks go, there's not much here but as a much needed rest stop between Hilo and the Kona coast, it has a bathroom, places to eat, and air out the children. Compared to other state's rest areas, it can be a bit sparse - but does feature some great views and usually very bright sun.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Saddle road is finally open all the way from Hilo to Kona. Beautiful road! On the highway at 6000 feet driving through the clouds! Amazing! Take this drive

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Midlothian
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This place was horrible and I couldn't believe it was run by the state. It was dirty, looked abandoned and a little scary. There is nothing around the area and I wouldn't stay here. We stopped and didn't even want to use their restrooms.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Apparently the State of Hawaii doesn't have any money for anything except keeping the bathrooms minimally-functioning. A sad state indeed.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

you love stars you love sunset go over there you will be amazed

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