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Address: 154 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 933 6965
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Being able to see the Milky way was awe inspiring. It was hard to explain, definitely worth a trip. Tough climb up to the tourist center at night. We even emerged above the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being able to see the Milky way was awe inspiring. It was hard to explain, definitely worth a trip. Tough climb up to the tourist center at night. We even emerged above the cloud cover as we drove up.But the whole experience was worth it. A small part of parking lot was sectioned off and the astronomers had several different... More 

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Hornsea, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a world class place to visit? Great informative staff. Easy drive up the road from Kona but allow plenty of time as it is uphill all 52 miles-9,000 feet of it! Take a torch -red if possible to help everyone's night vision .free hot water to make drinks - you can buy coffe and hot chocolate sachets at... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We took a night tour, and it was a remarkable experience as our guide was knowledgeable and able to take advantage of the clarity of the night sky to demonstrate astronomy n a way not possible conventionally.

Thank Larry D
New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Great stop on way to the summit. The store had food supplies, clothes and souvenirs. After going to the summit it was worth stopping here on the way down in the evening as the telescopes are available for use and there is a free " night sky" talk that you can listen to.

Thank holidaynz77
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

When I went to Mauna Loa Observatory, I had no idea how spectacular the evening sky could be. On the drive up, I saw the sun set above the clouds because I was so high up (I missed the turn off and went to the 14.000 ft. level, by accident) ... when I got to the visitor's station, I was... More 

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Lancaster, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

great drive if you have four wheel drive which we did...really to foggy and raining to really se anything but we did make it to the top..

Thank Dave C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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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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!

Thank Debbie R
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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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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