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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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$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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Best sunset view!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Diana G
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Taylorsville, Utah
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Taylorsville, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Noosa Heads
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank bearabee
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4 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Restrooms are always clean and stocked. The grounds and surroundings are well maintained. The playground is an added bonus for travelers on island and far away. great place to stop and have lunch or just relax and enjoy the views and weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 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 July 11, 2016

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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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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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