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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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Amazing sights

My wife and I went up on a Sunday night. The elevation is 9200 feet above sea level. There were 5-7 telescopes set up for visitors to check out different sites. One let you see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mrock44
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Greenleaf, Wisconsin
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Greenleaf, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went up on a Sunday night. The elevation is 9200 feet above sea level. There were 5-7 telescopes set up for visitors to check out different sites. One let you see the rings of Saturn. There were several people from the observatory helping and answering questions. It was well worth the drive. It is cool up... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I somehow expected more from the MKVIS. It was basically a gift shop with toilets outside at the back. I was even a little disappointed with the narrative that they did for the "star viewing" - it could have been more scientifically based.

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Thank suejul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought my new moon night in Yosemite was awesome, but I saw 3 times as many stars here, unbelievable! If you love astronomy, starry night photography, or just an adventure, then you HAVE to visit here. If you have four wheel drive, then you want to come here at least an hour before sunset to go to the summit,... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a long drive tour on sadle Rd, from Vaipió Valey , after sunset, to MaunaKea. MaunaKea acces road is good and was a pleasure to meet, at Visitor Center, students and their professor, with instrument to welcome stars, planets and galaxies - I love the Smokey one! for tourists. A very special night. A lot of people and... More 

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Silver Point, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No trip to the Big Island is complete without it. Trails are easy, signs are accurate. Get dinner reservations at the Volcano house. Food and service is good--sunset is spectacular and the glow from the caldera is unreal.

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here on a dark new moon night. Watched the sunset, then walked back down the hill for stargazing. The stars were the clearest I've ever seen. The staff does great work with a laser pointer star tour, fun anecdotes and about half a dozen telescopes the public can use to view everything from the M13 cluster to to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy drive from Kona. It can be a little interesting from Hilo due to roadwork and fog if it rains. From Kona, also watch out for sheep and nene goose. There are hiking trails from the visitor center and if you plan to go to the summit, you'll need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Part of the way up is... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving up from Hilo to the Mauna Kea Visitor Centre is such an experience. Having travelled much, I can say that there are hardly any other possibilities to pass through landscapes and clima zones of such a huge difference within such a short time. The road that leads from the Saddle Road to the Visitor Centre is an easy drive... More 

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Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be intimidated to make the drive to this true gem... using a regular rental car. It was an adventure for our family of 5... ranging in age from 8yrs to 69yrs old. We all could breathe okay at that elevation. We were there in July at 6pm with lots of parking and enjoyed the breathtaking views being above the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on Monday evening, and were not disappointed! We drove to the visitor information station, and then completed the short 20 minute walk up to the better sunset viewing point. A little rocky (trainers recommended), and incredibly chilly and windy, but so worth it for the views! After sunset we headed back down to the visitor information station... More 

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