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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Address: Mauna Kea Access Road, 6 miles uphill from the intersection of Route 200, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Sunset was amazing!

We got to the visitors center about 45 minutes before sunset in a rental car that we weren't entirely sure would make it the rest of the way to the summit (the visitors center is... read more

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We got to the visitors center about 45 minutes before sunset in a rental car that we weren't entirely sure would make it the rest of the way to the summit (the visitors center is about 30 minutes short of the actual summit). So instead we parked at the visitors center and were directed to a path across the parking... More 

Thank awass83
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are going to the top of Mauna Kea it is a good idea to stop here. It is around 9K' and above that it is best to acclimatize, particularly with kids and adults of a certain age. But do take the time to be there after dark. The Scientists that reserve time on the telescopes tend to hang... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wife and I visited Maura Kea Visitors Center and the summit. Sunset is not to be missed! Definitely visit for the sunset and stay around to do some star gazing. Remember the summit is at over 13000 feet so dress warm, move slowly, bring water, and don't spend more than 30 minutes or so at the summit. You have to... More 

Thank Jim T
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were like most visitors to Mauna Kea - a sunset from the top of Hawaii. We were part of a tour group that stopped at the Visitors Center for a hot picnic dinner and a bit of time to acclimate to the altitude (9200 feet). Be advised there is often a long line for the restroom (for the women).... More 

Thank Glenn M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take one of your nights in Hilo and make the drive up to Maunakea. Time is so you can sit and watch the sunset, then wait for the stars to come out and enjoy looking through the telescopes the scientists will set up. It's really cool even if you are not into astronomy. Check their website to see if they... More 

Thank Kristine C
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice visitor's center. There are restrooms and lots to buy. The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you are there at night there are alway volunteer astronomers there to help you with your stargazing. Even if you cannot make it to the summit, this would be a great place to stop one night. It is... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

as clear a star map in the sky as you can see on Earth. At the ranger station the show starts a bit after sunset and explores the sky-for free!- telescopes set up to view celestials bodies, explanation of the night sky. It will be crowded, but patience is rewarded.

Thank GWarner9411
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have an educational event every evening at 6 starting with a movie and then star gazing. The lights from the cars going down the hill can be distracting but even with that, your eyes will get sensitive enough to see more stars than you thought possible, The speaker is very engaging and tries to mix knowledge with entertainment.

Thank Margo Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went for the evening star talk in February 2017. Volunteers give a very good tour and talk. The viewing conditions are awesome. Four excellent amateur telescopes were set on some of the evening's best sights (Andromeda galaxy, Orion nebula, etc) If you have one, bring a red-colored flashlight to preserve your night vision and avoid irritating your fellow star-watchers.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went in the morning on day staff was getting ready for high winds and low temps. from information available, if you have time to spend (and conditions are right), it's worth going at night, but we did not follow up on this. lots of good information about the area in the visitor center. excellent view from the center.

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