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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 28 November 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have never seen a clearer view of the stars than from the visitor station. They set up 2-3 telescopes looking at various planets and stars for others to see and provide a short presentation on the stars and history of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rjaw89
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

It’s definitely worth the drive up to the Mauna Kea Visitors center. Every evening at 7 pm they bring out their high powered telescopes to allow the public an opportunity to star gaze. It gets cold up there so you have to bring warm clothing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MarktheWay
Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit but skinny on information. For our group, this ended up being a station en route to the observatories on the top of the mountain (Keck 1 and 2, Gemini, Subaru) at 13.7k feet. If you want to get to the top,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This was not on our original plans but we decided to drive up for a sunset and it was well worth the trip. It's about an hour from the Hapuna area, maybe a bit more. The center had lot's of information regarding our jaunt to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank daqattaq
Reviewed 15 October 2018

The center has telescopes available for tourist and inside have a lot of local information and an interesting movie.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Ross C
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

This visitor center is a must in any case. When you go there you will be above the clouds in almost 100% of the year. The views all around are amazing. To get them you don't need to hike to the next summit, of course...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank mhaushh14
Reviewed 12 October 2018

They have telescopes available to the public a couple of nights a week. It was a very popular thing, so if you want to not wait in line, you may want to get there early. Beautiful views, and the staff was great about pointing out...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rob R
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We drove all the way to get pictures. First off, don't even think about doing this drive to the top without 4-wheel drive, It's partially gravel road and cars without 4 wheel couldn't make it. Having said that, you can go to the information station...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cheryl H
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

The visitor station is a great place to watch the sunset and then do some star gazing. You should plan on arriving about 45 minutes before sunset and then climb sunset hill (just across the road) for a spectacular show. Bring extra clothes as it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank howardr839
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Visitors are required to stop, pass a screening questionnaire, and wait for 30 minutes here in order for your body to acclimate to altitude and avoid altitude sickness. There is a small gift shop and some informative charts on constellations. Check to find which nights...More

Date of experience: September 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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