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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

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Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Dave N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

worth the visit. the trip to the top takes time, but is worth it. looks like mars. you can take a trail to the top, but the Hawaiians don't want you to for religious reasons. there are nice walks to see the sunset from the...More

Thank tenisax
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Nice place to stop & eat when going to Onizuka center visitor station. Has restrooms and play area for kids. Has modern play equipment and we were trying to figure out how they worked. A little girl showed us how she played on the equipment.

Thank dragon428
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We found this to be a fairly new looking facility featuring a very interesting playground for young children. Hiking trails are available, also.

Thank Roy L
Reviewed July 23, 2018

This is an amazing park to visit! The visitor's information station(VIS) has lots of knowledge, souvenirs and hot water for tea and ramen noodles to warm you up. The VIS is at 9,200, they ask you to wait at least 30 minutes to acclimate to...More

Thank journey_in_wander
Reviewed July 3, 2018

Our tour booked an hour at this place. Much too long. 30 minutes good and perhaps even 20. Even the children in our group thought the stay was too long

Thank Karen A
Reviewed June 11, 2018

We drove up to Mauna Kea visitor center for the Sunset view. Unfortunately, the sun set between two mountain peaks and we were unable to see a full sunset. I may try again next time but will definitely avoid going there in June. After the...More

Thank Koh J
Reviewed March 18, 2018

We had the good fortune of scheduling our trip up to the summit well in advance on what turned out to be a day the summit road was open. We rented a 4 wheel vehicle from Harper's Car Rental, which is the only rental company...More

1  Thank Sharon O
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Our Sunrise Tour was canceled due to weather so we decided to drive up the mountain as far as allowed in our rental car. The Visitor Center is at 9600 feet or so. It provides food and restrooms(opens at noon). Easy to access of Route...More

1  Thank Tethier919
Reviewed March 1, 2018

We stopped here on our way back from Hilo to Kailua-Kona. The recreation area has plenty of bathrooms, a children's play area, walking and biking paths.

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Response from Jim W | Reviewed this property |
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