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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: +1 808-974-6200
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$213.54*
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Hakalau Bird Watching
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$176.04*
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Mauna Kea Voyage
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$200.00*
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Volcano Lava Hike to Red Hot Molten Lava

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Worth the wait!

Unreal attraction that is worth the wait for the sun to go down behind the clouds! Then stay for a little star gazing! Bring a jacket because it is cold up here, even though... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Aaron K
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Keller, Texas
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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unreal attraction that is worth the wait for the sun to go down behind the clouds! Then stay for a little star gazing! Bring a jacket because it is cold up here, even though it's 80 at the beach! Must have 4 wheel drive, and steady nerves, as the climb in the jeep can be a little nerve racking!

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the must things to if on the Big Island. Take the tour and go up there. Don't be a hero and think you'll just get there and not get acclimated to the high altitude. They don't limit you to 30 minutes there for no reason. You lose living cells at that height. Enjoy the sunset as you won't... More 

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Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a trip with Arnotts Lodge and really enjoyed the whole experience of going up to the summit. They provided coffee and hot cocoa because it was freezing cold also jackets. I took hat, gloves and scarf. Lauren our guide was excellent and so informative. She pointed out the planets etc. Unfortunately it was almost a full moon... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

At first it seems odd to find a park with a playground and restrooms up there, but it does make a nice stop, and walk around. We were just driving over the island for the first time and decided to stop to get a closer look at the landscape - so it was nice that they included this on the... More 

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Taylorsville, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

It's like being on top of the world to watch the sunset on top of the clouds. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time at the observation station. You need to acclimatize for at least a half an hour before continuing to the top.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Located on the Saddle Road this provides spectacular scenery on a good weather day. There are vast expanses of lava rock and of course the high mountain of Mauna Kea that rise over 13 thousand feet.

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Riverside,California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

A place to stretch your legs and use the well maintained restroom . Just off Daniel Inouye Highway.A rest stop but nothing else. There was some work going on there.

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Niagara Region
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Take a night tour. The tour bus provides warm parkas and hot chocolate and you won't have to worry about driving up and down the mountain in the freezing dark (seriously, there's snow up here). There's no better way to star gaze than in the pitch black darkness on the top of Mauna Kea. Although you can't go into the... More 

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Koror
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Go at sunset, bring a jacket and a camera. Need a four wheel drive to get to the top which is the whole point. go go go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

The county has taken it over from the state and made great improvements. For one they built a new bathroom facility and they also added a wonderful playground for the children. They are in the process of renovating the cabins so the process of improvement continues.

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