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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

130 Reviews

Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

130 Reviews
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Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island can be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the stress of planning out all the details with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport, lunch, snacks, and bottled water for your convenience. Because there’s minimal walking distance during this tour, it’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Plus, if the weather gets dreary, rain gear is provided to keep you dry.
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luv2travel_LJB wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois60 contributions14 helpful votes
We've seen many sunsets along our travels and this was the most unique. Light clouds above and below the sunset which reflected the colors of the sunset amazingly. Since we were there in Feb there was snow at the top (and about 30F degrees). We were fortunate to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and able to make the drive up to the top on our own - saving a ton of money not having to pay for a tour. I would follow the guidance NOT to do this drive if you do not have a 4 wheel drive and know how to use it. There is a length of road about 3-5 miles that is unpaved and, though not terrible going up, would have been pretty scary going down in the dark without it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Delilah A wrote a review Feb 2020
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We had a beautiful exceptional sunset at Mauna Kea Sate Recreation Area. It was breathtaking. The allitude to go all the way to the top was not good for elderly people and there are signs posted everywhere and onlyl 4 wheel drive vehicles were allowed to drive to the top. But we got a very good sunset from the Recreation centre.I would recommend this particular outing to family and friends.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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zodreb wrote a review Oct 2019
New York City, New York165 contributions134 helpful votes
I'm sorry I never stopped here more often as it is a halfway point between the west and east sides of the island. The bathroom is nice and the parking is plentiful. There are playgrounds for kids. Since it is up on the mountain it is refreshingly cool there as opposed to the punishing heat of the rest of Hawaii. That drive on the highway really is way too long with no good way to detour off it and this is a good break to take. A great place to rest and look at the mountain. I passed it about 4 times before realizing I could stop there.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Michele D wrote a review Oct 2019
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Since the summit was still closed due to protestors, we stopped here for a picnic dinner and to use the bathrooms. Nice rest stop, with playground, picnic tables etc
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Vacationer619490 wrote a review Sep 2019
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The rest area was was quiet pleasant area to enjoy the view. It appears that they had cabin for rent but it was not renting season. We were not able to visit the summit because of the "Protectors." They shared much knowledge about why they are present there and what they expect to achieve. We went there as skeptics but left as believers in the cause. We did not see the summit but saw the light. WELL WORTH THE TRIP!!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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