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"visitor's center"
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"warm clothes"
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"saddle road"
in 20 reviews
"wheel drive"
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"sea level"
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"hot chocolate"
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"hubble telescope"
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"weather conditions"
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"rescue team"
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"low range"
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"the big island"
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"full moon"
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"big telescopes"
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"long pants"
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"amazing stars"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go on a night the visitor center provides telescopes for star gazing. I would arrive by 6:30 and stay to 10. You can also see the glow from the lava fissure 8 way off in the distance while star gazing, as well as the lave...More

Thank abcsAbcs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of six adults joined 7 others and the Hawaii Forest and Trails driver for an amazing adventure, Mauna Kea Summit and Stars, on 5/28/18. We met the tour bus at the Queen’s Shops at Wiakoloa about 3 pm. The trip consisted of a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous view from the summit. Must stop at park station at 9k to ensure altitude adjustment, you'll need at least 30 minutes here to ensure you're "safe" before proceeding to the top. Suggest a Jeep of 4 wheel drive vehicle. Park staff was friendly and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Mauna Kea in a rental car. After reaching the visitor's center, the road is restricted to 4WD vehicles, for the last portion of the drive. However, the views going up to the visitor center and the return trip were great. Many places to...More

1  Thank S6736LSM
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

We had planned to go up to mount Kea Summit with an organized tour but the tour had to be canceled as the road to the summit was closed because of a forecast of snow showers. We went to the Mauna Kea Visitor Center and...More

1  Thank Roman_Austria
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

We went here to watch sunset at it was very amazing! Be so high up in Hawaii and so cold! Be here in time cause it gets dark fast and you have to use a 4wheel car and wear warm clothes and bring camera!

Thank eva r
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Reviewed January 12, 2018

Mauna Kea's visitor centre is a must stop on the way to the top. The drive up requires a 4-wheel drive, as the mountain has some very steep climbs, which will test your transmission and brakes. Our rented van struggled to make it up. The...More

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Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

Walked up the small hill from the visitor centre to see the sunset. Stargazing wasn’t great because of a full moon but still a great visit. Road up was a fun drive.

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Reviewed December 10, 2017

We drove as far as the visitor's center. The road was quite good up to the 9300 ft level. There is minimal parking and the visitor's center is small.The view was incredible. Although I've been to the top of Pike's Peak, in some way this...More

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Reviewed November 18, 2017

We went early for the star gazing and looked around. We did not venture to the top. The look out we hiked to was beautiful. The star gazing was awesome. Definitely worth a visit. It was amazing how many stars we could see.

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Pankti M
May 18, 2017|
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Response from Lauren W |
Hi Pankti, Saddle road is easily accessible, and I assume there is parking at the pickup spot. Please make sure you are physically prepared for altitude, and enjoy your tour!
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Kris J
August 10, 2016|
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We flew into and stayed in Hilo. It really depends on the type of weather you like. Going to the Big Island in Hawaii the 2 sides are totally different. Hilo is like a rain forest and Kona (usually more popular with tourist... More
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