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All reviews saddle road mauna kea rest area nice rest stop ramen noodles picnic area the sun set feet above sea level four wheel drive visitor center nice place to stop watch the sunset rental car the big island parking lot restrooms summit
We went on a clear day in January. Despite what some of the other reviews say, 4WD is an absolute must! The unpaved section of the road was quite rough and the trip back down required our absolute lowest gears to avoid brake burnout. That...More
We pulled over as we thought that this was some sort of a park as we were driving by. There was a clean restroom, like you would have off of an interstate. The rest of the place was locked up. The main visitor center was...More
A pleasant park to take a break, have a picnic or just to let the kids run off some steam.
There are restrooms here and they were clean when we went. On one side is a picnic area and the is a play area not...More
For many years this place was my driving break as I headed across the saddle road. It has nice bathrooms and if you have kids it has a very nice playground with modern equipment. I know there are cabins for rent but we've never stayed...More
Must Go. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunset and walked around. The telescopes are way cool especially when they open up. Then the sun set. OMGeeeee. We simply stared in amazement. This was definitely a highlight moment of our trip. The drive to top...More
The guide on our tour made this trip up Mauna Kea very special. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable, and very concerned with the welfare of his passengers as we ascended two and two-thirds miles above sea level into the thin, low-oxygen air. The view...More
We visited in September and the view and sunset from this place is just incredible. We drove all the way to the top and it was such an incredible experience. We decided not to go on a guided tour and I am glad we didn't...More
Stunning place to watch sunset but worth taking an organised tour. You can't take a hire car to the top without invalidating insurance so for the best experience an organised tour is worthwhile. But while the sunsets are spectacular, don't forget to turn around and...More
A place of paradise for the astronomer or geologist ( I am into both sciences). with many major observatories at the top of Mauna Kea. The twin Keck 10 metre scopes, Gemini, Subaru and others. Apart from this, it's one of the highest places in...More
There was a little snow when we were there. You can see a nice sunsets on a clear day, but the best sunset is at the top of Mauna Kea. The visitor's center (at 9,000 ft.) has nice telescopes set up at night and they will... More
There was a little snow when we were there. You can see a nice sunsets on a clear day, but the best sunset is at the top of Mauna Kea. The visitor's center (at 9,000 ft.) has nice telescopes set up at night and they will explain what you're looking at. They say you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the top of Mauna Kea. However, we saw many front wheel drive vehicles make the climb. It is totally awesome.