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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

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Address: Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
Phone Number: 808 974 6200
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Beautiful park

As part of a tour, our group stopped for a while at this park. The park was gorgeous and peaceful. I took many great nature pictures during my stay there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TravelRobs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As part of a tour, our group stopped for a while at this park. The park was gorgeous and peaceful. I took many great nature pictures during my stay there.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our way to the Mauna Kea Summit. A great place to stop on the way to and from Saddle Road. Clean restrooms, a fun playground for kids and even cabins being built. I would take a stop here to use the facilities and take photos of Mauna Kea.

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Thank Whitney B
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing sunset - we went to the very top to watch the sunset and stars start to appear. Note - the road from the visitors Centre is rough metal & 4 wheel drive each only. We so enjoyed the dedicated astronomers at the Visitors Centre who have telescopes set up for visitors to look at the stars through - just... More 

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Thank Rosemary B
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is worth a hour or two stop over on your way along the saddle road. it is kept up nicely and very clean

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

On a previous visit to the island, I'd visited the visitor centre and watched the film and walked around the area. This time, my son promised to take me to the summit but after reading about the road and altitude sickness, I was very apprehensive. The journey up was a bit nerve racking but what a view, what an experience.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We stopped here for lunch and later that night on the way back to Kona, we stopped for stargazing. Beautiful clear skies and our guide was able to tell us what we were seeing in the amazing night sky'

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Best Idea from the County in over 25 years, thank you Mayor Billy Kenoi and staff. Cool and awesome idea. Good Job, high five and knock bump.

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Stephens City, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

Nice, clean park for families to stop along the way. Great play area for children and nice restrooms!

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a neat experience. The viewing Center is just over 9,000 ft. Dress warm as it can be cold. You'll want to watch the free video there that gives you great information. At dusk the office will set up telescopes for you to see the moon for free. If you plan on going to the peak you'll want to... More 

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Salome, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

We went as far as the visitors center, about 9,200 ft elevation. A four wheel drive was required to go all the way to the top. They had a video that was very interesting. It explained the history of the volcano and the telescopes on the top.

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