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Address: 154 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 933 6965

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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... read more

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Best to go after sunset so you can see the glow from the lava. Such an amazing sight! We walked from a park before the observatory then walked up to the observatory. There is also a nice view of the glow from that park. Another great place to see in the Big Island!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A great diversion, but it's above the cloud line. Dress warmly and be prepared for potential cloud cover. A weather-dependent event.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautifully diverse 1 lane paved road through spectacular scenery. Drive slow for safety and enjoy the drive. Did not like that we could not get into the observatory or get close enough for a good pic.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This road was surprisingly well made and maintained. It is a very smooth albeit long drive to the end where it reaches the observatory, which is closed to public. There are two hiking trails at the end of the paved road, but they look like really for the serious hikers. If you do plan to hike there, do your research... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It was a very rainy afternoon when I decided to take a detour up Mauna Loa. Not to be confused with Mauna Kea - as this is the weather observatory and not the astronomy observatory. My experience was almost other worldly given the dense fog the entire climb on a very well paved, one lane, 13 mile road. At least... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Highly recommended and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The as trombones are very knowledgeable and willing to answer all of your questions. I don't really recommend spending time in the gift shop (unless you are in there to warm up) as the video they play doesn't even focus on Mauna Loa at all. It is quite cold... More 

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Address: Address: 154 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808 933 6965
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo

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