We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
808 974 6200
Update attraction details
Ranked #28 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Type: State Parks
Most recent review
- Dec 29, 2013
Write a Review

7 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    2
    1
    1
    1
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Midlothian
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hilo, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

I stop here when travel saddle road from one side of the island to the other. It doesn't offer much - the only facility is a dirty bathroom.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pahoa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

Dust and scrubbrush, old cabins. Consider it a reststop.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Mauna Kea State Recreation Area also viewed

Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Mauna Kea State Recreation Area? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing