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Address: 154 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 933 6965
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We went at night. The stars were brilliant. You could really see the Milky Way with the naked eye. There were also about 10 telescopes setup with knowledgable volunteers there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We went at night. The stars were brilliant. You could really see the Milky Way with the naked eye. There were also about 10 telescopes setup with knowledgable volunteers there to help you see other celestial sights. My kids loved looking in the telescopes. If you take little ones. Try to teach them not to touch the telescopes before hand.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

After 21 trips to the Big Island, finally did this tour. WOW! Amazing! The drive was interesting, as the road was steep and difficult, but well worth everything. Cold! Light headed! Who cares-- what a view. So many stars. DO not miss!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

So much to see, fairly easy hike, sandals for sure footed or running/hiking boots for the comfort! This was a great day, clear early on and cloudy in early afternoon. Could easily spend 4-5hrs visiting this area. Fun for all ages.

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Since the Mauna Kea access road was closed during our visit, we decided to do the much less traveled Mauna Loa Observatory road drive. Good drive, interesting landscape, but nothing really new from the many other lava fields. Nothing to see at the observatory on top and going any further on trail road beyond that requires a heavy duty 4x4... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

You can't miss this place! I've been here several times. A must do on the big island. Put this one on your bucket list and at the top. The most beautiful and amazing sights you will ever see. Just look at the pictures I've posted. I ended up going twice I only a week! I wouldn't steer you wrong... Do... More 

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My wife and I decided to head up to the observatory on a whim. One of those we are on vacation and feel like we should be doing something. It is a pretty good hike up the mountain and unfortunately it was a cloudy. Isn't. We peered into the telescopes looked around a little bit. When we left the hotel... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The drive up to the observatory is a bit unnerving! Curves and no guard rails! When we reached the top we really enjoyed the site! Make sure you bring jackets/coats! Much cooler!

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Ellensburg, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

If you are traveling the Saddle highway and want to visit, it is a easy though twisty drive. The visitors center has a small gift shop and information center. The observatory was not open to visitors.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This utterly blew us away. We watched the sun set from the summit and then went to the free star gazing at the visitor centre. An utterly beautiful experience and so well done. That this is free is a credit to all involved. Be sure to leave a decent tip - this is how they fund this 💕

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Lake Winnebago, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We visited on April 28th when the fountains of lava could be seen during the day! The lower trail was closed, but I saw on the news that these fountains had spewed hot debris on the lower observation area. This was a neat museum too.

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