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“Awesome Views” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mauna Kea Observatory

Mauna Kea Observatory
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, 9,200 foot level of Mauna Kea, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-961-2180
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$207*
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure...
Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Honeoye Falls, New York
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“Awesome Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Observatory visitor's center is well worth a visit at night to view the heavens through some awesome telescopes. Bring warm clothes.

Visited February 2013
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“13,770 ft. of adventure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just go. It was not difficult. And BTW, where else can you get that high up into the atomosphere, naturally exposed to the elements? The night sky alone is worth the trip. We saw 3 meteors, the space lab pass overhead, and a dazzling milkyway.

Visited February 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“You just gotta do this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Even though we experienced some altitude sickness and significant cold & wind (it WAS winter), we wouldn't have missed this experince for the world! Whether you go on your own or with a tour operator like Mauna Kea Summit Adventures, you will have an experience to remember. If you do go on your own, take plenty of water & something sweet as it will help with the altitude sickness. The sunset from there was amazing and the stars at night, outstanding!

Visited February 2013
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“Go to the Summit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Get to Visitor's Center on Sundays before 1pm for a free information video and caravan to the summit with a free tour inside one of the observatories!

Visited November 2012
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“Amazing sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Worth the long drive up but you need four wheel drive. Truly fascinating place not only for the sunset but also the night sky. Unadulterated views of the stars

Visited March 2013
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