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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 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

Thank goodricm
Reviewed 11 August 2018

You can easily drive to the station with a normal car, if you are not going to the summit and only to he station. You can watch videos about observatories, ask questions, stargaze (depending on the weather, day you visit, so call and ask what...More

Thank Branka K
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We enjoyed the view from here and were lucky enough to have a friend with 4 wheel drive so we reached the top. We felt that Pikes Peak was more difficult to travel up, but this was still pretty amazing.

Thank Dancebuff
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped at the visitor information station before we continue our driving to the summit of Maunakea. It is recommended to ensure you get acclimatized with the altitude. At the VIS we used their restroom facilities (they were clean) and we spent time watching a...More

3  Thank Ricardo L
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Visitor center with rather expensive clothing and trinkets related to the observatories. Bathrooms outside back of building. Purchase tea/hot cocoa and they have hot water and cups outside. Picnic tables. Viewing is always dependent upon weather. Full moon lit up our night so there were...More

1  Thank j0ya0
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Named for Challenger astronaut Ellison Onizuka, this facility is helps visitors better understand the astronomy research being conducted on the summit. The small gift shop has some unique finds. We rested there on our way up to the summit and upon our arrival, people were...More

Thank Nicolle Z
Reviewed 31 July 2018

If you love stargazing, a visit at night is for you! I am still giddy thinking about the planets we viewed through the telescopes and the fact that we could see the Milky Way across the sky. Check the visitor center website for a schedule...More

2  Thank RLKjax
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Not much at visitor center. Wanted to go to the night stargazing program. Shipped our winter coats since people said it was cold at night. Rushed to drive from Kona on Sat so we could get there in time for the stargazing. Good thing we...More

Thank dragon428
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

The visitor center didn’t offer much. If you don’t have a 4x4 vehicle that can handle making it up to the summit, then don’t bother with the visitor center. There just wasn’t much to see there. We felt like it was a waste of time.

Thank Kindergal96
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We were able to learn a lot as well as literally being above the clouds. Staff was helpful- a great experience.

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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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