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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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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Lots of interesting information on the video, and in the shop. Take the steep walk up to watch the sunset. They have hot water and you can purchase cocoa or soup. Stargazing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting information on the video, and in the shop. Take the steep walk up to watch the sunset. They have hot water and you can purchase cocoa or soup. Stargazing was AMAZING.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had intentions of watching the sunset at the summit. After the ride to the top, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed....it is a bit of a treacherous drive, even though we stayed at the visitors center for over an hour to acclimate. Although we had prepared (or thought we did), it was cold at the top, too cold to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really excited to see the stars, but found we could not go all the way to the top without a 4x4..Wish we would have stayed with that rental instead of getting a van. The moon was really bright so that had a big impact on the viewing too. The narrator was pretty good, but the wind was so... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by the visitor centre on the way down from the summit after watching sunset and stargazing. The visitor centre itself isn't too exciting but they have a few telescopes set up so you can have a closer look at stars which was pretty cool. The highlight was probably a new student they have using a laser to point... More 

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Almonte, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was amazing. We went late in the afternoon and brought a picnic with us. The line ups for the telescopes can be long but worth it. The guides are great and know their stuff they walked us through the night sky and the amount of stars you see from here is amazing and well worth the trip. They do... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The idea is to go up as the sun is setting...when it gets dark you will see the sky as you have never seen it before...amazing stars, the milky way, the whole thing. Excellent commentary from scientists, a chance to look through a telescope, the sensation of breathing air at 9,000 feet...and it's free. Not to be missed.

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Ypsilanti
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We will never forget stargazing on the Mauna Kea mountain! We never made it to the visitors center. Just found a pretty tree to block the wind, and look up! Wish we would have brought a towel to sit on! The drive up is SCARY and I was dizzy from the elevation. Worth every ounce of discomfort! We will remember... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be sure to arrive early, as parking is limited and there is no overflow parking. It is very cold (mid 40's with strong breeze our night), and just a fleece probably won't cut it. The visitors center has hot cocoa, tea, and a few snacks, but not food, so you may want to bring with to eat in the car... More 

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Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must do on the Big Island! At sunset and afterwards, the VIS puts out about 7 telescopes pointed at different celestial bodies to view! We got there about an hour before sunset, and were glad we did because parking filled up quickly! They play a video during sunset that gives you a history of the mountain, so... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for hot chocolate before an evening of stargazing. If you are interested in browsing the gift shop I recommend going a little early before the hike up the hill to watch the sunset. Afterwards the shop was so crowded you could hardly move and it was almost impossible to look around. The star gazing talks were wonderful and... More 

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