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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 4 days ago via mobile

An excellent experience. You can see so many more stars here and the milky way is much more defined. The sunset was OK, but you really need to wait until the sun has been down for a while for the sky to come alive. The...More

1  Thank fufyfhhfhf
Reviewed 4 days ago

On the way of the famous summit of Big Island, the Maunakea visitor center is an interesting stop. First because it's necessary to acclimatise yourself at the altitude (and you can join it with a normal car), before to join the summit (only for 4WD...More

Thank gil40100
Reviewed 5 days ago

The observatory area offers a great view during daylight hours but the sunset or sunrise is also great to behold. A tour package is highly recommended as the drive up to the observatory is rough even in a 4x4. The roads are also narrow in...More

Thank JeromeDZ
Reviewed 6 days ago

There were interpretive panels to help the visitor appreciate this nearly unique environment. A park person behind the desk was helpful in choosing trails.

Thank fjbwhite
Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW! That sums it all up in 3 letters! WOW! O.K. now that that is said, get ready to have you mind blown away... but a little prep is advised! Going to the Mauna Kea Summit visitor center requires a little prep and if you...More

Thank mjmango
Reviewed 1 week ago

The popularity of the visitor center has clearly gone off the charts over the past several years. But it remains a fascinating place to visit. If you drive up for the evening star-gazing program, GET THERE EARLY. I saw that recommendation on their website and...More

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for star gazing one night, was pretty awesome, unfortunately there was a full moon so you couldn't see too many stars, but the visitors center was very nice and all the presentations were very informative!

Thank Arek E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

. . . along with a drive on the new "saddle road" highway. I love the scenic cinder-lain "desert" between the two main mountains, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The land is dotted with ohia trees and colorful views of the many cinder cones of...More

Thank Judi C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

at approximately 14k feet, it is an amazing view. unfortunately, you don't get to enter observatories but it is expected. You will need to have a 4x4 vehicle to go beyond visitor center (at about 6k feet). Well worth drive for awesome views. I visited...More

Thank Joshua C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The stars were amazing the evening we attended. We saw Saturn and Jupiter through telescopes. The milky way was incredible I've never seen it so bright. A docent gave an interesting talk, pointing out different constellations and covering both Greco Roman and Hawaiian mythology. It...More

2  Thank Melinda_NW85
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Justin M
10 August 2017|
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Response from bobndee24 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't try Uber while we were there. However, there's no reason that someone with a 4 wheel drive couldn't do it. I wouldn't trust someone without a 4 wheel drive because you need the low gear to keep the vehicle going... More
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