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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-934-4550
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need a 4x4 to go further up the road, but this little stop has a lot of good information and a few amenities.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank W6415LRpaulk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hoped for something more given the prominence of this geological place for Hawaii, but VIS was outdated, low-tech.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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank factorfiction
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank JillinSingapore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tamarillo32
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank I9223SBtomb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sandsprite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to the mountain top..many times. What an amazing view both in the light and the darkness. A sence of closeness to God.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank stmedic911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Geared more toward hikers than those driving to the top. I collect refrigerator magnets, none here. No one here even spoke to us.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank blkutzing
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hollytrea
Reviewed 6 December 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2018
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Stephanie T
4 July 2018|
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Response from michelleo334 | Reviewed this property |
I would guess less crowded today.
7 May 2018|
Response from JanM366 | Reviewed this property |
We have been there in November several times and around 09:00 no problem with parking.
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