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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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odd place to find a park...

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Melston
Taylorsville, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Diana G
Noosa Heads
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks 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.

Thank Oldjack
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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.

Thank Salishnurse
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 

Thank Niagaradoc
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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.

Thank bearabee
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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.

Thank Harlan H
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Hawaii96750
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank TravelRobs
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Whitney B

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