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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
+1 808-974-6200
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Deluxe Volcano Glow Tour with Lava Waterfall and Dinner
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Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
+1 808-974-6200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stop here for a quick rest when coming home from Kona. It's a clean and refreshing park with good restrooms and picnic area. Nice playground for the kids. Lots of parking. Well maintained.

Thank biw766
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Has a restroom, playground, grass and parking lot. It's a stopping point to change into winter clothes before heading up to the higher altitude on Mauna Kea. It's a good place to stretch your legs or use the toilet when traveling between Hilo and Kona.

Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing so special. I saw sunsets more beautiful in other part of the world. More problematic: The companies which are making tour are very agressive. I saw one of the driver trying to fight a tourist because he asked him politely to put aside his...More

Thank Azureas
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Driving along Saddle Road you will be able to enjoy great views of the diverse geology of the Big Island of Hawaii. As you proceed to the Mauna Kea Observatories, take a few minute to enjoy this park and it's amenities.

Thank Bryan L
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

This volcanic park is protected and has lava flows from centuries back, layer upon layer. This 20 acre park is located on Saddle Road about 35 miles from Hilo. Picnic tables, trash cans, camping areas and bathrooms can be found. Land within the park elevates...More

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The park is much improved since my last visit. The facilities and buildings are in great shape and the provide a perfect rest stop travelling from Hilo to Kona.

Thank _blaneogata
Reviewed 21 June 2017

What a view! Stop at the observatory for an altitude adjustment before proceeding up Mauna Kea. When you arrive at the top, take it slow. You're 14,000 ft. up and the air is really thin. This is the pbest place on the planet for astronomers...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The kids enjoyed the playground with all the spinning equipment. They had a bathroom, which the adults appreciated.

Thank ginnyandkids
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This place offers very clean restrooms and a large open area where you can stretch your legs, walk the puppies, and rest on the Saddle Road drive between Hilo and Kona/Waimea.

Thank G C
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We were stopped from going to the summit due to the alloted amount of vehicles already there. We parked and walked the all up hill trail to the top of a butte and watched the sunset. Stay a bit longer until the stars are made...More

3  Thank shilowalters
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