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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 5 days ago via mobile

This is one place, you shouldn't miss while staying on the island. Rent a 4x4 vehicle and go up to the visitor center. You should take a hike and drink a bottle of water so that your body can adjust to the altitude. A 1...More

Thank Alek_Hojnik
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing drive that my boyfriend and I took while visiting Hawaii. It went up to about 8000 ft and had amazing views and telescopes for viewing stars in the evening. To go any higher, you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle but...More

1  Thank SammiDeRosa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whether you are in Hilo, Kona or anywhere in between, this should be on your list of things to do. There is no charge to visit the visitor center just take the drive up to 9200 feet and take in the view. They bring telescopes...More

1  Thank Alarke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove up to this 9400 foot visitor's center in the afternoon in order to get a parking place. Once the parking lot is full, they turn cars away. The program outside starts about 6:30, but there is a pretty good movie on in the...More

Thank Kand1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family drove up in our rented minivan to the visitor center it can get a bit cool from the altitude was about 10c there. You can hike a shirt distance up a peak to see the sunset. On top there is a cool heart...More

Thank SpencerTouchie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent information and attentive staff. No real facilities for snacks and drinks. Souvenir products are not great.

Thank EandSmee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After having driven up to the visitor information station (VIS), we were very happy to have been able to talk to someone about the tour that was cancelled and the possibility of another tour being scheduled. The staff at the VIS gave us the name...More

Thank cainm01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

on the one hand, as a child I loved visiting these, even as an adult I still do. But a lot of the telescopes aren't being used anymore and they want to build more without doing anything to the old ones like putting them to...More

1  Thank Whitney W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We planned a trip to Hilo with 5adults to coincide with new moon for ultimate dark. Not only Car lights n flashlights affected viewing but also buildings there had brightly lit windows without curtains for more distraction. Not cold or are to breathe as cautioned....More

Thank Judith R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving up out of the cloud cover is amazing. Watch the sunset, the 'tour' that starts at 6 starts off with an hour long movie in the VIS. Really great gift shop (and I don't usually like to shop). The ranger led talk with laser...More

Thank Jennifer D
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Cee G
October 26, 2017|
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Response from Beth C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Brad W. However, I wouldn't count on anyone bringing their personal telescope and would bring your own.
August 30, 2017|
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Response from wgregbraun | Reviewed this property |
If you are going to the visitor center any decent rental car will make it there...you need a four well drive to onward to the summit Bring warm clothes and arrive a half hour before sunset so you can enjoy that...there is... More
Justin M
August 10, 2017|
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Response from bobndee24 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't try Uber while we were there. However, there's no reason that someone with a 4 wheel drive couldn't do it. I wouldn't trust someone without a 4 wheel drive because you need the low gear to keep the vehicle going... More