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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-2180
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Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-961-2180
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Come here around 9 pm when the crowds start heading down the hill. Bring warm clothes or your visit will be short. Also, watch your step - we saw guy trip over a curb and ruin his evening.

Thank dmlin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here for the evening show but unless every single person went and asked there was no info given when something starts. Only when suddenly a queue formed, you might assume that something is going on. - So go and ask whatever you want...More

Thank Matilda F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The movie and the guides were very interesting. The ability to see the sun through the telescope that was set up was a real treat. My grandkids got a kick out of seeing the "flames jumpimg off the edge."

1  Thank Anne J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I traveled to the Maunakea Visitor's Information Station on a Wednesday evening to watch the sunset and see the Star Gazing Program that begins after sunset. The Visitors Center has all the necessities including restrooms and a gift shop selling snacks, souvenirs,...More

3  Thank 70cmr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped on the way up and and the way down , great info and glad of the hot water and microwave for hot snacks .

Thank bobnrobyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool to be up at 13,000+ feet. No one got sick, only stayed at the visitor center for 10 mins. Just massive! Drove up, then back down. Dirt road, made it in a 2wd Denali.

Thank Annelisemartin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just as the sun was going down so we were only able to see a few of the views from the areas surrounding the visitor center. We did stay for the nightly star gazing event. Only bring a flashlight that has a red...More

1  Thank chrisnix02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on 7/15 and it was super cloudy before sunset. The volunteers said be patient the clouds usually clear out and they did. Saw amazing views and enjoyed the laser star tour. You could see so many stars. My kids enjoyed the 35 degree...More

3  Thank AM_Texas95
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Six of us drove from Hilo up the saddle road and then up to the Visitor Info Station. This drive took just over an hour. We planned this trip to arrive in advance of the 6pm sequence of two movies. (They show the movies only...More

3  Thank Cliff C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights they set up a few telescopes to see points of interest. It gets pretty busy with lines at each telescope. Dress warmly. Also, there is a presentation on the first Saturday of each month on what is going...More

1  Thank bobndee24
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Justin M
10 August 2017|
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Response from bobndee24 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't try Uber while we were there. However, there's no reason that someone with a 4 wheel drive couldn't do it. I wouldn't trust someone without a 4 wheel drive because you need the low gear to keep the vehicle going... More
13 June 2017|
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Response from CoastToCoastMom |
I found the answers I was looking for after spending days trying to get an accurate answer. This site has temps at the BASE (at the Visitor's Center) as well as at the SUMMIT of Maunakea. I do appreciate everyone's advice... More