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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
+1 808-961-2180
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Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-2180
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Hawaii Forest and Trail company is one of the best. We went on the MAUNA kea summit and stars adventure. It was a small group of twelve people plus our guide. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had many good stories to share about the...More

Thank Dorohty
Reviewed 3 days ago

Review for Visitors center only not the Mona Kea summit. Must stop at 9k feet to adjust to altitude. Stayed and hour and still felt woozy so do yourself a favor and take your time. Shop itself is a small souvenir shop with an informational...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Drove up to the visitor information station. Because we have teenagers, we couldn't go to the summit. But we nosed through the small station, and then hiked up two small summits near the station. We stayed about an hour on top of the last one,...More

Thank joewilk1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was one of our favorite places to go on our trip to the Big Island. We went on Saturday night to watch the sunset and experience the stargazing talk. We hiked up a hill to watch the sun set and got some great family...More

Thank MurphyBee
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was not expecting to be able to go much higher than the visitor center because I am pregnant, however, when we got there it was overcrowded with people eating lunch boxes, couldn't even watch the video, and the staff seemed overwhelmed and grouchy. It...More

Thank GeoLady86
Reviewed 6 days ago

This review is about the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, not the summit, as some of the reviews seem to be. The Visitor Station is located about 9000 ft elevation. It is very small. There are restrooms here. Stop before proceeding to the summit to...More

1  Thank ashley200688
Reviewed 1 week ago

OMG This was such an Amazing Journey. The journey up to the top was so winding and very scenic. Our Tour Guide really cared for our Health and made sure we Climitised our bodies. Once we reached the Top. It was as if we were...More

Thank Joey572015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visitor station is at 9200 feet. We had hoped to go to the summit but did not have a 4WD. Instead we watched a movie at the VIS and hiked up the hill across from the VIS to watch the sunset. Afterwards we stayed for...More

Thank SweetMamaofTwo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were booked to go to the summit, but because of snow and bad weather it was cancelled. So we decided to drive up to the Visitors Centre for the free stargazing session (no need for a 4W drive to drive to the Visitors Centre)....More

1  Thank Pauline M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was magical. At no charge, the Visitor Centre hosts a great stargazing program. When we got to the Centre, which was about 15 minutes up the volcano, it was pretty foggy. The sun was about to set, and the guides sat us down...More

1  Thank Karen T
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I know that there is a weather website for temperatures at the SUMMIT, but is there one for expected temperatures at the Visitors Station? Will be there last week of June and would appreciate any insight. Again, asking about the VIS, not the top. Thank you!
June 13, 2017|
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Response from Pauline M | Reviewed this property |
Due to the elevation, it's always cool/cold after the sun goes down. We were there at the beginning of May. It was cool, and quite windy, so hat, windbreaker/jacket, long pants and closed shoes are recommended. Enjoy!
I've read reviews that the road to Maunakea was recently redone. I am just wondering if the entire road has been redone or just one side? We are in the early stages of trip planning so trying to figure out if we need to visit while in Hilo (2 or 3 nights) or if we could visit while in Kohala (7 nights).
September 19, 2016|
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Response from Bill S | Reviewed this property |
saddle road is under construction towards the hilo side but very easy to navigate,a little slower a night time.go up to the the summit in the day time to mauna kea,as i would not want to drive down the summit of 14000 ft at... More