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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 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived just as the sun was going down so we were only able to see a few of the views from the areas surrounding the visitor center. We did stay for the nightly star gazing event. Only bring a flashlight that has a red...More

1  Thank chrisnix02
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on 7/15 and it was super cloudy before sunset. The volunteers said be patient the clouds usually clear out and they did. Saw amazing views and enjoyed the laser star tour. You could see so many stars. My kids enjoyed the 35 degree...More

Thank AM_Texas95
Reviewed 1 week ago

Six of us drove from Hilo up the saddle road and then up to the Visitor Info Station. This drive took just over an hour. We planned this trip to arrive in advance of the 6pm sequence of two movies. (They show the movies only...More

Thank Cliff C
Reviewed 1 week ago

On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights they set up a few telescopes to see points of interest. It gets pretty busy with lines at each telescope. Dress warmly. Also, there is a presentation on the first Saturday of each month on what is going...More

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is limited parking so come on time or early. When the parking lot fills up, there is no place to go. 100s of people here at night for the ranger talk. VERY COLD AND WINDY so bring layers. Would have been better on a...More

Thank B J K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The indoor bathrooms were unavailable for use but two porta-potties were available out back for those needs. The gift shop was open and had a nice selection of observatory-related gifts. At approximately 10,000 feet above sea level, this is a good spot to spend an...More

Thank Bryan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was awe-inspiring. We were unsure whether to attempt the summit ourselves as the guide warns about altitude sickness (more on that later) and the need to have a 4WD. However we had already rented a full size 4WD SUV and were definitely going to...More

Thank GoTravelMum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The visitors station only opens at 12 noon, oddly. It is not the station but the drive up through a huge diversity of landscapes: forest, lava flows, grasslands, more. The clouds sweep over the hills and you may go from drizzle to dazzling sun in...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At 9000 feet above sea level, this place is a unique location to take young and old to watch a sunset, and then stargaze afterwards. The VIS offers a movie about an hour before sunset, and then you can walk outside and look at the...More

1  Thank XVictorious
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the center just for the star gazing program. We did not go up to the summit. The visitor center is at about 10,000 feet elevation so you may experience some altitude sickness. Star gazing is on specific nights every week so make sure...More

Thank N R
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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