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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Definitely worth a visit but didn't make it to the Summit

This is beautiful, but the sky is unpredictable and it is cold. We had a rental car so only made it to the visitor center. I really wanted to go to the summit, but should have... read more

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Belleair Shores, Fl
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Belleair Shores, Fl
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is beautiful, but the sky is unpredictable and it is cold. We had a rental car so only made it to the visitor center. I really wanted to go to the summit, but should have planned better. Must do as a tour. The renal car struggled just going to the visitor center. I must say, we have friends that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got lucky & visited on a night that was clear, no wind, no moon (but still in the 40s). We got there about 8 pm when the guides were still presenting. They start about 6 pm. They have laser pointers that are amazing! They point right up to the specific star/constellation they're talking about. Several telescopes were set up... More 

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Salt Lake City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of our family favorites on our trip. We walked up the hill to see the most phenomenal sunset of our lives, above a sea of clouds. Spent hours in the visitors center, enjoying the educational movie and lecture. The astronomy students presenting & volunteering were hilarious, passionate and educational. My science-y nerd-tween LOVED it. They had telescopes... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nice information area. I wouldn't miss this. So much to see and learn if you want to see the Volcanos and maybe the night glow.

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Maunakea Visitor Center is the place that hosts the star excellent gazing program and has a gift store. It is a nice place to get a snack and gifts while waiting for the stars to come out. There is not too much to eat other than cup a noodles, hot beverages, sandwiches, chocolate bars and chips. The looping video... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go up to the visitors centre with time for sunset. It is stunning. The telescopes and laser show of the stars is so well done. This is a must see on the Big Island

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interesting information on the video, and in the shop. Take the steep walk up to watch the sunset. They have hot water and you can purchase cocoa or soup. Stargazing was AMAZING.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had intentions of watching the sunset at the summit. After the ride to the top, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed....it is a bit of a treacherous drive, even though we stayed at the visitors center for over an hour to acclimate. Although we had prepared (or thought we did), it was cold at the top, too cold to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really excited to see the stars, but found we could not go all the way to the top without a 4x4..Wish we would have stayed with that rental instead of getting a van. The moon was really bright so that had a big impact on the viewing too. The narrator was pretty good, but the wind was so... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by the visitor centre on the way down from the summit after watching sunset and stargazing. The visitor centre itself isn't too exciting but they have a few telescopes set up so you can have a closer look at stars which was pretty cool. The highlight was probably a new student they have using a laser to point... More 

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