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Mauna Kea Above the Clouds Sunrise Tour
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Kilauea Hike and Glow from Kona
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Unbelievable view of stars and Milky Way

We were at the visitor's center at sunset and had the added bonus of seeing Saturn (complete with rings) from one of the big telescopes. The number of stars that can be seen is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
CatherineL270
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were at the visitor's center at sunset and had the added bonus of seeing Saturn (complete with rings) from one of the big telescopes. The number of stars that can be seen is absolutely amazing and the Milky Way is stunning. We came to photograph the Milky Way tonight, but will go back tomorrow night for the "star tour"... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Mauna Kea on my last night in Kailua-Kona and I am so happy that I could end it in spectacular fashion. It took about 1.25 hours to drive from Ali'i Drive. I have pretty severe asthma, so I knew I wasn't going to the summit, but other reviews said it was still a great place to visit... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove the highway through the island at night (which is the road Mauna Kea is on) I have never seen a night sky like that before. It was awe inspiring. It was the first time I had ever seen the Milky Way. And not just a haze; it was in full view. Really wonderful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a winding route to the visitor centre, we spent the evening star gazing. You need to dress warmly as it gets very cold, minimum of long trousers and sweatshirt but coats and blankets help. Parking is limited so arrive in plenty of time before sunset. There is an opportunity to see through telescopes and a great talk with laser... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

If you are staying in Hilo, maybe this is worth the trip, but in my opinion, not from Hilo. The situation at the visitor center at night is very chaotic, with kids and people, and dust everywhere. Car lights, flashlights, and people's phones ruin the viewing experience. The telescopes that are set up were appreciated, but they weren't focused on... More 

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We were unlucky with the weather. Arrived around 6:30pm and the information centre and surrounds were covered in cloud, so could not see the sunset. The clouds eventually lifted but mist stayed around so they could not bring out the telescopes for a while, and then had to bring them in early. We saw Saturn and the moon. The moon... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

It appears that from Kona to Hilo the highway that traverses Mauna Kea is a shorter cut rather than driving from down south on Highway 11. For the most part it is drier than the rest of the island. The elevation is much higher than the rest of the island. At times the road swerves and curves all heading downhill... More 

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Norcross, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

We drove up to the visitor center during the day as we never could work a night visit into our trip. The drive up was beautiful. The center had a film running that we all enjoyed. We would have loved to go to the summit, but had kids under 16 with us, so decided based on the recommendations that we... More 

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Coopersburg, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We drove up to the visitor center one evening to view the stars. The drive up can be foggy and rainy so use caution. Also there may be cattle or goats crossing the roads so just be aware. The visitor center offers nightly talks and there are huge telescopes that you can look through. There are volunteers who give a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is an amazing place few in the world will ever get to experience. If you are on the Big Island, you must make time to see this. The visitor's center is at 9,200 ft and you should stay here to acclimate for about 45 minutes. Try to hydrate for a couple of days to counteract the altitude sickness that... More 

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