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Mauna Loa Observatory

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Address: 1437 Kilauea Ave, Room 102, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4200
Phone Number: 8089336965
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We are an atmospheric monitoring station that was established in 1956....

We are an atmospheric monitoring station that was established in 1956. Please visit our website to learn more about the atmospheric constituents that we monitor that can cause a forcing effect on our climate. We are a secure working facility with no unauthorized entry and we do not provide tours to the public. All Astronomy takes place on Mauna Kea and not on Mauna Loa so please make sure that your reviews are located under the correct attraction.

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Wonderful night view of the stars and planets.

Great place for sunset or sunrise. Bring warm clothes and enjoy the stars. Great information and very helpful volunteers.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for sunset or sunrise. Bring warm clothes and enjoy the stars. Great information and very helpful volunteers.

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Riverside,California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great view but not frequently available for visitors to go inside. Need a 4 wheel drive to go there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Somewhat of a drive up the mountain to get there but well worth the trip. I have never seen the stars so close. Saw shooting and falling stars that looked like someone was shooting a Roman Candle close. So beautiful. Many with high powered telescopes that they shared. Bring cold clothes, it was freezing! So worth the trip!

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We were fortunate to visit the Mauna Loa Observatory with a special tour. It is quite a drive from Kona, but worth it. The views were unbelievable and the information was so interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

We drove up the mountain in the rental car and it was not a problem. It was at night and the astronomy society had 6 telescopes pointed at various positions in the sky - it was all free for the public to look through them and there were knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions. We saw planets and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We drove up to the visitors center to have time to see the sunset. After sunset we were able to look through several telescopes to see the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and a close up view of the moon. In addition while waiting in line for the telescopes we saw satellites cross the sky, shooting stars and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

LOVED Coming here and the drive was worth it. Really enjoyed staying at night to see the stars. BRING A JACKET. The people were really nice and really tried to help make the event worthwhile.

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Macomb, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

This was exciting. We drove to the top of Mauna Loa. It is a nicely paved one lane road, windy, curvy, and up and down. Fun and the views at the top are nice. This isn't for people who get car sick. The elevation at the top is about 11,500 feet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

People write here drive to LOA-not so easy.To MAUNA KEA-YES,but to Mauna Loa-HUGE DIFFERENCE. There is one car black top road to sign for hiking trail-nice scenic drive. From there is "road" almost to the top (500 yards),but even in Wrangler-you will damage undercarriage and it will take you over 3 hours each way once you get on this "road".Also... More 

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Cheboygan, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Such an educational experience....gets a bit thrilling driving up that mountain and then a vision of the sunset sliding us into night and dazzled by the stars at the station....SO...DO NOT MISS THIS. You'll kick yourself

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