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Mauna Kea Access Rd, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing at 13,796 feet (4,138 meters), the mountain is Hawaii’s tallest and the highlight of many visitors’ trips to the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank RockyCZ
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

This was on our honeymoon to do list. We didn't make it up in time before the observatory closed (which was our fault) but we did get to drive to the very top to watch the sunset. It was absolutely breath taking. However dress very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Amy D
Reviewed October 9, 2018

This voyage is no joke, a lot can go wrong so please be careful. The visitor center sits at ~9200ft elevation, and the summit is ~13,400ft elevation. Have a 4x4 vehicle you can put the transmission in 4 low going down or you will need...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank NorthStar818596
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We went up there to the visitor centre about 6pm, we were in time to see the sunset which was about 7pm and then admired the fully lit star sky. It is an awesome sight and we had never seen so many stars in our...More

Date of experience: August 2018
6  Thank chrisandsteph2017
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

The tour was great. The sites were breathtaking. Our tour guide Jeff was beyond awesome. He took the time to explain everything, very educational, and found the most beautiful stars, planets, and a nebula to see. The food was delicious and the brownies were the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ajones630
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Above the clouds, far from light pollution, the Milky Way glows! Use telescopes they provide or let the observatory guides show you amazing objects in the night sky. Planets, constellations, nebulae, asterisms (groups of stars not actually near each other) and much more. Note: it...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Craig S
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

ncredible experience. You will really need a 4 wheel drive car to climb the gravel road. Once you are above the clouds, the view is just unbelievable. Look at the pictures...

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Erik K
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

Date of experience: January 2018
22  Thank Frank S
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

Date of experience: January 2018
5  Thank Sheila S
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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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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)
August 30, 2017|
Response from 531JimB |
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
Kimberly C
July 18, 2017|
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.