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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-934-4550
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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+1 808-934-4550
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped by the visitor center at Mauna Kea after our Summit Tour. The bathrooms are clean (portable toilets at the summit), and the gift shop has a good amount of Mauna Kea related gear. Prices are pretty high though. Also, due to light pollution restrictions,...More

Thank Bob S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a steep challenging drive uphill (I did the Road to Hana on Maui both ways and this was just as challenging as that). When you get to the top, 14,000', the air is very thin and unless you are used to higher altitudes...More

Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The visitors center is at a lower altitude. You can buy water, snacks and prep for the drive to the telescopes. The road is very rocky and bumpy for the first 4.5 miles and the. Turns to paved road. The visitors center suggests you stop...More

Thank JSh0e
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth! They had cancelled the stargazing event but then uncancelled it because the sky cleared at the perfect time. We viewed Jupiter and 3 moons, Saturn, Venus, all the constellations with narrative and they showed other...More

Thank PatriciaN172014
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stopped in on the way up the mountain to get acclimated for the journey up the mountain. Friendly staff and clean restrooms.

Thank George C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a tour to muanakea and it was a wonderful experience. When you are at 9000ft the lack of artificial light allows you to see millions of stars, planets and the Milky Way. You can also see an occasional satellite fly by. So clear...More

Thank socklo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go this far you have to go to the top and if you used to mountain driving it is an easy mountain drive and does NOT require 4X4 drive. If not have a 4X4, go slowly and keep on your side of the...More

Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the visitors center. We went on a Saturday night to do the stargazing program. The people were wonder answered questions and set up the telescopes and then the clouds rolled in. 😒. We climbed the top trail to see the sunset. But the...More

1  Thank Joy B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome experience, and the air at 9000 feet is actually clear unlike the air you will have to breathe on the way there. But it is well worth it. The views are awesome and you will see more stars than you can imagine. Here are...More

6  Thank EmTravelNow
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my 11, 8, and 7 year olds up to Maunakea and we could only go as far as the visitors center because of their ages. The facility was...meh but the staff members were friendly. The kiddos did love seeing the old lava fields...More

Thank sahm-to-two
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Stephanie T
July 4, 2018|
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Response from Michelle O | Reviewed this property |
I would guess less crowded today.
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mlc_traveler
May 6, 2018|
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Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
We have been there in November several times and around 09:00 no problem with parking.
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