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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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+1 808-961-2180
12:00 - 22:00
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Breakthaking view.

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... read more

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Laguna Niguel, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 add the provided hot water. Take lots of picture. Its a long drive oof roading,... More 

Thank luckydog172
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

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

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Andover, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
Windsor, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 when my son wanted to see the sun. They explained very well and I wished... More 

Thank MariaZ2001
Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week 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 experience I'm sure would have been fabulous.

Thank irenebadams
Las Vegas, United States
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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 stop is at an area at base of mountain of an abandoned ranch area. Interesting... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks 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 great pics of the views and the unique surroundings. It's just over an hour away... More 

Thank sneakyright
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 Moon through a telescope and stayed long enough to view a beautiful starry sky. Very... More 

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