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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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Starlight tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Niagara Region
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Niagara Region
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Harlan H
Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Thank Hawaii96750
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Thank TravelRobs
Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank Whitney B
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Rosemary B
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is worth a hour or two stop over on your way along the saddle road. it is kept up nicely and very clean

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

On a previous visit to the island, I'd visited the visitor centre and watched the film and walked around the area. This time, my son promised to take me to the summit but after reading about the road and altitude sickness, I was very apprehensive. The journey up was a bit nerve racking but what a view, what an experience.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We stopped here for lunch and later that night on the way back to Kona, we stopped for stargazing. Beautiful clear skies and our guide was able to tell us what we were seeing in the amazing night sky'

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