We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers: Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All reviews mauna kea wheel drive milky way bring warm clothes stargazing program watch the sunset light pollution star gazing program night vision hot water saddle road visitor's center gift shop low gear new moon sea level altitude sickness
We hoped for something more given the prominence of this geological place for Hawaii, but VIS was outdated, low-tech. Gift items we wanted to get were all sold out - only 2XXL sweat shirts - we would have bought 5 of our own sizes. The...More
There is nothing to see or do there other than buy some souvenirs. There are no displays, information panels, nothing. The guide books are misleading.
Hopefully it will be better after renovations but don't waste your time now.
We left our standard hire car at Harpers 4WD Rental and hired one of their Toyota 4Runner 4WD for the day ($160) which is way cheaper than doing a tour and doesn’t get you in to trouble by voiding your rental agreement. Harpers are the...More
Not for the faint of heart driver, Steep paved road until 9,000 ft. Depending on weather and moon conditions, great star shows right at the centre. Also, don't forget to visit the showcased Silver Sword plants in the back of the facility. Protect them though...More
Although you can enjoy a bit of stargazing and hiking, the lecture and telescopes normally provided on some evenings are not currently available, while they prepare for construction of a new parking lot. We arrived right before dusk, but would have enjoyed more daylight hours...More
We stopped here both before and after our journey to the top of the summit. The stop on the way up was nice to gather information and spent some time getting adjusted to the altitude. The person at the center was really nice and she...More
This was not on my original itinerary but I'm so glad I did it. I have not seen such a sky of stars and planets since my trip to Iceland. It's truly that unique. It's definitely worth the drive up to the Mauna Kea Visitors...More