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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 yesterday via mobile

We only went to summit and came back down. Visitor station is crowded early. Do prepare for altitude sickness at top.

Thank Aaron Y
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This humble building boasts tons of information to share. I sat and watched the video, start to finish, because I was so captivated by the global impact of this place. I had no idea and I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn.

Thank joyfulwomyn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Viewed with adult children not teens. You need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to top, but well worth it. You arrive above the clouds! Great views. Try to go for sunset. Bring camera!

Thank USA613
Reviewed 3 days ago

Videos give geologic and cultural backgrounds for the site as well as descriptions of the telescopes; adjusting to altitude becomes a fun way to learn.

Thank irene_dwyer
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was an experience to be at more than 2000 meters above sea level. We got there around 3 pm and the staff were preparing the area for the star-gazing event for that night. They had a solar telescope set up and were very accommodating...More

Thank MariaZ2001
Reviewed 6 days ago

We thought we were going to do the star gazing from the visitor center patio....but we arrived too early to wait that long. After watching the very good video we still had way too long, no four wheel drive, and gave an aloha to an...More

Thank irenebadams
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip is a little rough on the road up to the summit. The bus driver was very knowledgeable and worked with his coworker to ensure that we had a great time. The food is from Island Lava Java and it was good. The 1st...More

Thank Frances P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were initially going to pass on this but I am glad we didn't. The landscape looks like something out of a 70's sci-fi movie with these fake looking silversword plants all around. Even if you don't go to the summit, you can get some...More

Thank sneakyright
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled to the visitior centre just before sunset and caught both a video and live presentation of the mountain, its formation, its geology over time and the astronomy conducted there. Together they provided a meaningful understanding of the mountain as it is today. Viewed the...More

Thank wcroker6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four traveled up here in March 2017. Definitely worth the trip. The views are spectacular!

Thank TheGrizwulds
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Jeana S
Like already stated; Saddle rd. from Hilo to upper rd/west side is paved and yes there is a little construction near Hilo. Has not been a problem. A different road off the Saddle rd. to visitor center of Mauna Kea (with telescope for public viewing) is paved. From center to summit required 4 wheel drive per the rules... Its fun to go to visitor center, listen to the professionals and look through telescopes. A rare chance to see such a big sky with stars, and very little light pollution. And it is "brisk" up there. Remember it's the tallest mountain in the world if you measure from it's base in the ocean!! If you are fine with cold (and sometimes snow) just bring a jacket, sweatshirt, and maybe closed shoes and long pants. If you are from the tropics, you will be cold, dress accordingly!! The fun is at night, so it won't interfere with beach and fun in the sun!! Sunrise is also very special there!!! And like someone said visit volcano while on Hilo side!! Checkout volcano village, and volcano visitor center (I believe open 24/7) Another good night activity. Hilo side in my opinion, is less tourist-y. I suggest being considerate and polite to local folk and native Hawaiians. This is their home... and during high volcano activities they get swamped with people...
19 September 2016|
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I've read reviews that the road to Maunakea was recently redone. I am just wondering if the entire road has been redone or just one side? We are in the early stages of trip planning so trying to figure out if we need to visit while in Hilo (2 or 3 nights) or if we could visit while in Kohala (7 nights).
19 September 2016|
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Response from Bill S | Reviewed this property |
saddle road is under construction towards the hilo side but very easy to navigate,a little slower a night time.go up to the the summit in the day time to mauna kea,as i would not want to drive down the summit of 14000 ft at... More
Christine Mei-J... C
What is current temperature around at visitor information center?
5 September 2016|
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Response from Joseph M | Reviewed this property |
the MK Visitor Center Has a web site.