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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 22 August 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Reshma R
Reviewed 20 August 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank yenrod2
Reviewed 17 August 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank vkbrennan
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank RicardoL_12
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 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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