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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were lucky to Make the trek up to Mauna Kea on a beautiful day. The staff were super helpful- the man guiding cars to the parking was very helpful navigating us to a beautiful rock hill to watch the sunset with the kids since...More

Thank SherylandChris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The stargazing is a must do on the Big Island. Remember to dress warm as at over 10,000 feet it gets cold especially after sunset. Take some blankets to wrap around you as we did as winter clothes were left back home. Visitor centre volunteers...More

Thank MaxwellWade
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Helpful in weather predictions for the summit and road conditions. small gift shop with warm apparel for those who didn't bring any!

Thank Meg H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a drive up to the visitors center thinking they might have there own tours to the top of the mountain. You have to book those through your hotel. You can go on your own but it has to be 4 wheel drive and...More

Thank Erin O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

July 2018 Our original plan was to visit Mauna Kea on a Saturday night when they would have the telescope stargazing program, but the weather was not in our favor (forecast of 80% cloud cover), so we decided to wait for a clearer evening to...More

Thank Lori S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

20% less oxygen once you get to the visitor's center. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable! Be sure to go during the day so you can continue to ascend to the Summit. 4 wheel drive vehicles are required.

Thank Reshma R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you can go at night, the view is amazing. Go early because they limit # of cars allowed (we got there at 4:30pm) and check the websight for nights they are open. It's cold up there, even in the middle of summer

Thank yenrod2
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very glad we made the drive from Volcano to tour the area around the VIS. Some beautiful hikes and vistas - teenage son said it was the most beautiful view he'd seen - and that was with clouds completely masking Hilo and the ocean. Rangers...More

1  Thank vkbrennan
Reviewed 13 August 2018

It was (in Aug 11/12, 2018) a perfect "storm" of - new moon night, 100% clear skies, Perseid meteor shower night & a Sat. night - so it was very crowded. The star gazing show by one of student astronomers (about 10 mins) is very...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

I toured the Mauna Kea summit on August 1, 2018. It was breath-taking. I had the benefit of receiving the tour from a friend who works at Keck. This was definitely the way to do it. We were able to drive around the entire summit...More

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Stephanie T
4 July 2018|
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Response from Michelle O | Reviewed this property |
I would guess less crowded today.
7 May 2018|
Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
We have been there in November several times and around 09:00 no problem with parking.
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