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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: (808) 961-2180
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Mauna Kea Voyage
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

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A highlight of our vacation!

So glad we made the trip. Make sure to head up the hill across the street for sunset before stargazing. We were lucky enough to have a crystal clear night - the skies were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Milwaukee, WI
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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad we made the trip. Make sure to head up the hill across the street for sunset before stargazing. We were lucky enough to have a crystal clear night - the skies were filled and like nothing I've ever seen anywhere else. We even saw Saturn and Jupiter through the telescopes. It gets busy and you have to wait... More 

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I recommend you do the tour with Mauna Kea Summit tours. You get dinner at the information station (you can choose to take your own food) - there are picnic tables outside where everyone eats. There is no indoor dining. Then you are taken up to the summit - the landscape is amazing and ever changing. You really do ascend... More 

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Brielle, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We rented a jeep and did the summit and came down in time to stay for the U of H's stargazing show. The vis' website has a listing of what nights they have special programs. I highly recommend the guided stargazing show they put on. Parking is tough after the descent so be patient. And ladies, the restroom lines get... More 

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Oakdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice visitor center on your way to the top of Mauna Kea. Several large expensive telescopes are set up every evening so visitors can get a great look at everything in the night sky. You won't be disappointed, as this mountain is the best spot on earth for a telescope. Walk across the road and climb to the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really liked that the Visitor center provided much more relevant and interesting information about the Big Island. There were mini exhibits, beautiful crafts, and many fascinating books on a variety of Hawaiian topics.

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FORT MYERS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun destination full of educational opportunities. Telescopes are set up and experts on hand to answer questions. Facilities and souvenirs available.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Check visitors website for weather conditions. It's best to visit the site when there is no moon. The stars will be popping out of the sky. Driving up to the site it was pouring rain in Hilo, With overcast dark clouds we thought we had to cancel our plans. As we continue driving up to the visitor center it took... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started driving at 4:00pm, intending to catch the last glimpse of sun. There was a telescope on the top for people to view solar activities. That turned out to be a bust. Then we hiked up to a nearby hill top to see sunset. That turned out to be the most worthy moment of the trip. When the night... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Big favorite of the Big Island having been a dozen times. Unique experience for entry or experienced star gazer. Exuberance of volunteer college staff always comes through as their share their love of the stars with their signature "Star Tour". Located at 9400 feet, bring warm clothes. Buy hot chocolate onsite and other store goodies. All proceeds help keep this... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my Husband stopped here for a quick picnic lunch on the way up the summit. Nice facility to grab a quick snack or drink, decent picnic area and interesting short hike to see the Silversword.

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