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Address: 65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway, opened from 10AM to 2PM, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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If you are the least bit interested in the the heavens DO stop here.

Open from 10a to 2p Mon thru Fri. Visitors are welcome to the lobby with many displays. The very knowledgeable receptionist gave us a very informative tour of the pictures and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bill H
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Open from 10a to 2p Mon thru Fri. Visitors are welcome to the lobby with many displays. The very knowledgeable receptionist gave us a very informative tour of the pictures and displays. Of course you cannot wander around the private offices of the astronomers which is the main purpose of the building. Of the many observatories on Mauna Kea only... More 

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Columbia, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had some extra time so we stopped by to look. As other reviewers state, this is a very small and modest exhibit showing photos, models, floor plans, etc of the real telescopes on top of Mauna Kea. It's definitely for the science geeks in the group. However, a couple who came in while we were finishing up said it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

If you're interested in learning a lot about NASA, telescopes, and satellites then you'll be getting a treat. However if you don't like any of those then that place isn't for you, sorry.

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Abbeville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2016

It was truly an experience. We met and talked to one of the astronomers who worked at the observatory and he told us about the largest telescope in the world that is being built to join the other telescopes at Mauna Kea. You will get a view of Mauna Kea from the observatory and first hand explanation about the size... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016

We stopped in here on a whim with hopes of getting some insight into the operations of the telescope on Mauna Kea. We stood in the entrance area for about 45 minutes listening to some interesting background about the telescope, its history and operations. Afterwards, the guide was helpful in answering all of our questions. Unfortunately, this was the extent... More 

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Hillsboro, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2015

If you go to Mauna Kea, AND have a 4 wheel drive unit and lots of warm clothing you can drive to the top of the mountain--but you still can't see the telescopes. If you want to see how those pieces of technology work you need to drive to Waimea, and just off the city center there is an official... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2015

was excellent. We did not have a four wheel drive vehicle nor the time to visit the observatory on top of the volcano. But the Visitor Centre in Waimea, where the astronomers work on the data from the mountain top observatory was fascinating. A knowledgeable and helpful guide called Ed told us so much about the work done there. There... More 

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Ventura, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

It's not Disneyland, it a real observatory, and deserves both more funding, and respect for what it is, a great experience that is volunteer based. It's worth the drive, as the views are amazing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

If you are interested in the telescopes this is a great stop. The visitor center isn't large but the lady at the desk took us around and explained the telescopes and other astronomical devices they are using. She was great with my 12 year old too. Asked him questions and got him thinking. She also gave us some take away... More 

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Takes a bit of effort to get to the top of the mountain, every afternoon the park rangers take folks with 4-wheel drive vehicles (only those are permitted to drive to the 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea) if the weather allows-up tot he top. Its a bit safer that way in a caravan as the roads are dirt and can... More 

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