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Onizuka Astronomy Complex

Mauna Kea Access Rd, Island of Hawaii, HI 96737
+1 808-961-2180
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Great stargazing, but astrophotographers must be patient

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (aka Mauna Kea Visitor... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jjluke
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calgary, ab
The Only No Aloha Spot We Encountered

This review is for the Visitor Center where you stop before going to the top of Mauna Kea, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
NTSU1975
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Georgetown, Texas
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At 9,000 feet, this observatory offers magnificent views.
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4 weeks ago
“Great stargazing, but astrophotographers must be patient”
16 Feb 2018
“Absolutely must see”
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Mauna Kea Access Rd, Island of Hawaii, HI 96737
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (aka Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station or MKVIS) is a small complex at approximately 9200’ on your way up Mauna Kea. This is the farthest a 2WD vehicle is recommended to go. There have been reports...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is for the Visitor Center where you stop before going to the top of Mauna Kea, and where astronomers gather at night. I must say that being here at 12 noon was not a friendly time to arrive. I had read my travel...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

The stars here are amazing. The Visitors Center puts on a show most nights with telescopes set out and aimed at various celestial objects. Well worth the time. A few caveats. Visibility is very weather dependent and the recent few weeks (late Jan-mid Feb '18)...More

Thank Hal72
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

We went up to this observation area (9000' level) during the day and stayed until dark to look through the telescopes and do some star/ constellation gazing. They put on a good star gazing talk and the complex had some displays, a movie and a...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2016

Truly one of the highlights of our trip. No matter where you live in the world you will not see as many objects in the night sky as you will here. The staff are extremely informative and super eager to share their knowledge. Truly, they...More

Thank David G
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

This was the highlight of my week-long visit to the Big Island. The visitors' Centre knowledgeable staff, awesome telescopes and an incredible night sky will be etched in your memory.

Thank Irena W
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