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- Beautiful place to just see the sky! We went during the moonlight so we didn’t get to see much stars with our eyes. However, my Nikon D850 captured it! Next time we go, we’ll plan for late night during no moon (New moon) for much better visibility.Written April 19, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We came up with the Hawaii Forest & Trails group, and were able to do a little stargazing, although the weather was horrid on our day. Next time we're on the Big Island we'll definitely go up again. Wow, the stars are so bright without all the light pollution!Written March 5, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is an absolute must-see while on the Big Island and well worth the price of admission, which goes towards maintaining the farm for future generations. Listening to the experiences of the guides and watching the demonstrations took us back in time nearly a century.Written February 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We enjoyed the docent interaction at the Keck headquarters in Waimea, where it was possible to get insight into today's astronomy activities and the amazing work being performed with the optical systems on top of Mauna Kea. This trip we drove up to the mountain top (yes, you really do have to have 4WD), stopping the recommended 30 minutes at the 9,000 foot visitors center, and then proceeding to the 14,000 foot top where we were able to enter the Keck observatory visitor space and get a view of one of the two large telescopes.
There are commercially available tours if you prefer to let someone else drive and have a guide along.Written March 10, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I have been there numerous times, last one November 2019. Vera and her husband are great people! Always fine artwork to look at and purchase! If you miss Hawaii like I do, can't wait until this is over so I can safely hop a flight and return to my favorite place to visit, just get on Vera's email list. You may see a piece of artwork that catches your eye and reminds you of your past vacations. If you do, just buy it!!!!! Ya need to bring the Aloha to your home for awhile!!!!🌈🌞🌸🏵️🌺🌸🌊Written November 6, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My husband and I visited Lava Light Gallery our 2nd day in Hawaii. We were in awe of the beautiful images the photographers captured. During our entire trip, my husband and I kept talking about the wonderful images the lava flow created especially after our helicopter tour around the island. Our last day there, we went back and purchased an image from CJ's private selection. What is amazing is their photos go well beyond the art work hanging in the gallery! YOU MUST ask them about the "hidden gems" he has!!!
Our beautiful picture arrived less than a week ago. We are so excited to hang it up once our custom lighting is finished!
Thank you for making our first trip to the Big Island a memorable one!Written March 11, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We booked a tour of the Palace and it was amazing. We were not allowed to take any pictures so it will be difficult for me to remember things (have memory difficulties) but the guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.Written May 10, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- What a collection of treasures in this charming gallery of hand-crafted Hawaiian art! Friendly and knowledgeable staff can point you in the right direction in selecting the perfect gift or keepsake for that special person.
When you arrive at the address, the shop may appear to be closed. But if you ring the doorbell, someone will be with you quickly (the cutest sign says "Try wait 3 minutes"). Check it out! You won't be disappointed!Written January 1, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful sculptures, incredible, friendly staff and a wonderful display of art. Be sure to take it all in. We loved the beautiful turtles, they looked so real. It means a lot to know these are locally made in Hawaii ❤️ Most are made by glass or wood, which are great! Please continue to use these metals. It helps the local economy.Written July 10, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This museum is right downtown in an old bank building. Admission price is reasonable. They do offer a good overview of Pacific tsunamis. Primarily exhibits from local experiences. There is multiple countries shown and their experiences. There is a small gift shop.Written May 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a terrific opportunity to see a place where time has stood still and what old Kona was like in the 1930's and beyond. The Uchida family farm stands today as it was almost 100 year ago. The Historical Society will take you through the plantation and orchards and show what it took to make a living off the land as a leasehold farmer. Then you'll see the crown jewel of the tour: the original farmhouse and coffee processing sheds. If you want to learn about the island and it's agricultural heritage, provided by informed and entertaining (re: NOT dry!) docents, please visit. You won't regret it.
And, Kona Nightingales!Written July 15, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Note: observatory was closed to the public due to covid but we went for the view at 11K ft.
The road is not for the faint of heart. It's 15 miles of hell. Undulating, climbing paved road that made everyone nauseous. Driving through a moonscape at times as you go through the cloud layer. The view was fantastic and worth the drive. You can see the Mauna Kea observatories easily as well as Maui, ocean, and more. NO restroom and it was obvious that many folks had been using a section of rocks as a bathroom (ugh!).Written December 29, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- If you've never seen the Milky Way and are on the Big Island, this is your chance. If you have already seen the Milky Way and are on the Big Island, drive up Mauna Kea and see it again!
I've seen the Milky Way many times from sea level on cruises/on islands, from deserted lakes on houseboats, to high altitude on the Inca Trail or in the Rockies and the Mauna Kea experience from Onizuka Visitors Center ranks with the best. The new Saddle Road is a driver's dream with bright lane reflectors the entire way. Your car is going to gasp a little for air driving up to the 9K' visitors center, and you'll want to descend in low gear to save your brakes, but it's definitely worth the drive and LEGAL for rental cars nowadays!
My family made this a final stop on a long day that began in Kohala Coast, visited the City of Refuge, drove the "Road to the Sea", explored South Point and then Volcanoes National Park, then Rainbow Falls and dinner in Hilo and then cutting across Mauna Kea back to Kohala Coast. We arrived before the full moon started to rise and the Milky Way and stars just popped. When the moon started to rise, we called it a "bad moon rising"...Bad because it obliterated the Milky Way and "bad" because it was as orange as a sunrise...incredible! We returned a few days laters for a Mauna Kea Sunrise tour to the 4K' Summit but unfortunately the cloud cover prevented any star gazing.
FYI, due to blood flow to our eyes, we actually see stars better from the 9K' visitors center than the 14K' summit, just in case you wanted to be macho and illegally drive your rental to the summit!. Since Kilauea has stopped spewing lava, this was a great consolation prize. Also, FYI, the Onizuka visitors center officially re-opens in September when they will resume free stargazing programs.
Mark from CincinnatiWritten July 7, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I'm thinking about what exactly is this place. For the most part, it's just like any other national park or monument's visitor center - it welcomes people and explains the establishment (entity?) to them: one can talk to a ranger, look at displays, watch a video, get a drink, go to the bathroom, etc. What makes this center different is the actual place it represents itself is distances away, and I do mean distances as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is over a half a million square miles of mostly ocean with some small reefs and a few islands. It's a natural part of Hawaiian Island Chain too. Nobody is allowed to visit this national monument; it is a highly protected sensitive environmental area. So aside from being a mini museum, I believe this center kind of serves as a headquarters or gathering spot for various different US government agencies that takes care of the monument and are allowed to go there. I'm talking like oceanic, weather, state, federal, whatever government agencies with lots of these people themselves visiting the center or working out of there. I found all this stuff really fascinating. One of the guys sitting at a desk was telling me that when they do go out there to do whatever they do, the clothes they wear has to be frozen for at least three day to kill nasty bacteria and whatnot. They want to keep that place pristine and not introduce anything alien and harmful to the area. I talked with a lot of people here mostly about what kind of physical remains from human activity are still out there. Midway Island is perhaps the most famous spot in the monument with its WWII history and having it's only permanent human presence. French Frigate Shoals aside from having a great name has an old building or two on it. Nihoa and another small island I guess not too far from Kauai has some archaeological areas with evidence of an early Hawaiian presence - this would be awesome to visit and see if you could. Overall, this center is a great place to be educated about a very special area on Earth that sadly we all will never be able to see. Oh yea, they had this pretty cool art display thing going on I think done by kids.Written March 4, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My sister, husband, and myself visited the Tanglewood Gallery in January, 2019. We were very amazed at the awesome photos of Hawaii by Harry Durgin. We spent a couple of hours looking at and choosing the photos we wanted to buy and take home with us. Mouse was graceful, informative, and patient with us while we choose our photos. Amazing photos and their own special frames that make the pictures even more unique. We definitely enjoyed our visit and the hours of work that goes into these special photos. Thank you Mouse, Harry, and Little (their amazing pup). A must see if you are in Pahoe, Hawaii.Written February 16, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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