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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 31 May 2017

Going up was a breeze but coming down was a serious descent in pitch dark. The view was absolutely amazing!!

Thank 132Karen132
Reviewed 30 May 2017

One of the best experiences, very informative University of Hawaii volunteers. Laser Star Show, videos to watch, beautiful view of the valley, gift shop and more. The volunteers had four large telescopes set up for a closer look. Be there around 3-4pm and it is...More

1  Thank _retiredtandc
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Visitor center had great staff. Hot water available and hot chocolate mix and ramen available in gift shop. They had a movie going in gift shop. Beautiful drive and star gazing. Watch out for invisible cows!!!! (They have black cows that are hard to see...More

Thank Therese A
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Clouds look so white and fluffy that i wish I could jump on them. We went to the sunset view here. Male sure you wear your warmest outfit. Having a cup of hot tea or coffee is pwrfect. The gift shop sells Noodles and you...More

Thank luckydog172
Reviewed 24 May 2017 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 23 May 2017 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.

1  Thank joyfulwomyn
Reviewed 23 May 2017 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 22 May 2017

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 21 May 2017

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 19 May 2017

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

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13 June 2017|
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Response from CoastToCoastMom |
I found the answers I was looking for after spending days trying to get an accurate answer. This site has temps at the BASE (at the Visitor's Center) as well as at the SUMMIT of Maunakea. I do appreciate everyone's advice... More
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