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Mauna Kea Observatories

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Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-2180
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“wheel drive” (10 reviews)
“visitor center” (15 reviews)
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Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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"wheel drive"
in 10 reviews
"watch the sunset"
in 7 reviews
"visitor center"
in 15 reviews
"mauna kea"
in 16 reviews
"laser pointer"
in 5 reviews
"north star"
in 3 reviews
"rental car"
in 6 reviews
"feet above sea level"
in 3 reviews
"naked eye"
in 3 reviews
"southern cross"
in 3 reviews
"powerful telescopes"
in 2 reviews
"stargazing program"
in 2 reviews
"keck observatory"
in 2 reviews
"huge telescopes"
in 2 reviews
"amazing sunset"
in 3 reviews
"saddle road"
in 6 reviews
"the sun set"
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Reviewed January 11, 2018

We did not have enough time for a full tour of the observatory, so we headed out to the visitor center. The roads to the visitor center are great and it is an easy drive up the mountain. We arrived around 8 PM and joined...More

16  Thank Frank S
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Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

We were really surprised with the difference of weather between the Kalua-Kona beach (warm) and the Mauna Kea mountains, where there is snow. It was an amazing experience to stargaze with Arthur (the tour guide), which, by the way, was really knowledgable. The stargazing activity...More

5  Thank Sheila S
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Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place on Earth to visit. I did not realize that there were so many stars in the sky. It is a marvelous romantic spot too.

2  Thank Steve R
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

I had the pleasure of taking the Muana Kea Observatory and Stargazing Tour. It was fantastic! They picked us up at spots close to your hotel in a large SUV. Tour reaches a height of just under 14,000 abive sea level. It is not recommended...More

5  Thank Carmela V
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Reviewed December 12, 2017 via mobile

This was our second drive up to what we call telescope village. The best of the best have their research and viewing facilities atop the mountain. Keck offers a visitors room so you can take a look at the telescope and structure. Engineers were working...More

1  Thank Pat M
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Spectacular views here. Should be a part of your Big Island adventure. We loved it. I worried about my motion sickness especially when going up so high, but I took precautions and medication so I was perfectly fine. We went on our own since we...More

2  Thank Lucie J
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

There is a star-gazing event nightly after dusk. Try to get there between 6:00 and 6:30pm to ensure parking is available. Watch the beautiful sunset then go into the visitor center to see a video of the history of the observatory while you wait for...More

2  Thank 323edm
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Just an advise: never noticed such an oxygen "free" place, specially with elevation from sea level to 4200m within an hour... prepare for that !

1  Thank Gapka
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Reviewed August 28, 2017

We visited this place in Dec 2015. Initially, we though that we would be able to see few stars through telescope. But then what happened was amazing. We reached there around 7PM. There is a small shop there which play a video about the place....More

1  Thank sonaligupta2108
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

We drove to Mauna Kea from Kailua Kona. It took about 1 1/2 hours. We arrived at 6:00 P.M. in order to see the sunset. The parking lot was already filling up at that time, so I would suggest not arriving later than 6:30 in...More

4  Thank Pam V
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CorrieTen
September 22, 2017|
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Response from sonaligupta2108 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is safe since roads are decent. Few times, here and there, you may have to put high beam. But otherwise not a challenging drive. ( btw we left around 9PM from observatory)
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deepakwins
August 30, 2017|
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No, only able to access the visitor centre with 2WD. The CCTV in the visitor centre shows you the conditions at the summit. Unfortunately it was cloudy (foggy) at the summit and there would have been little point to go... More
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kimberly c
July 18, 2017|
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Response from sonaligupta2108 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we went around 7 PM and left around 9PM. When we were leaving, we saw many folks coming at that time. So car parking is not an issue. Also, they do not have maximum people limit.
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