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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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A great evening - highly recommend

We went up for the free stargazing program, not expecting a lot because it didn't cost anything. In the end, it was one of the highlights of the trip. We arrived about an hour and... read more

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went up for the free stargazing program, not expecting a lot because it didn't cost anything. In the end, it was one of the highlights of the trip. We arrived about an hour and a half before sunset and there were quite a few people. At the suggestion of the shop we walked up a nearby hill to watch... More 

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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Informative. Nice bathroom. Refreshments. Nice star gazing program! Do not go beyond station in rental car. Saw 1 broken down and was told towing, ins etc were invalid because they broke rental car agreement by going up volcano.

Thank 2119rio
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful! you are above the world in some of the earths clearest skies with a view of most of the night sky! The sunset from the ridge was incredible with a lightning storm taking place in the clouds far below us! Be prepared for cold and wind and bring a flashlight for the walk down. There is a nightly stargazing... More 

Thank DeborahSETA
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great visit, and we went to the top for sunset and stayed for the stars. After an hour we got so cold she had to go down mountain, so we stopped at the visitor center then. THere are volunteers and staff who have HUGE telescopes out to show guests the various stars, planets, and galaxies, which was FANTASTIC!!

Thank xcDOGS
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An hour from Hilo, or Waikoloa, this is a must see. We didn't go to the summit (14,000 feet), just the Visitor Centre as we didn't fancy altitude sickness. We got there early (5:30pm) because we heard parking is extremely limited. Took a few minutes to get acclimatised to the altitude (9,200 feet). Short hike to the sunset viewing spot... More 

Thank Paul D
Vancouver, BC
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the 6 mile side drive to visit while driving from KOA to Hilo in the afternoon.. It is something to see on this long drive. The terrain along the Saddle Road is interesting on its own. I ppreciate that the air is thinner and potentially the star gazing can be awesome. But this is so weather dependent. It... More 

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Belleair Shores, Fl
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is beautiful, but the sky is unpredictable and it is cold. We had a rental car so only made it to the visitor center. I really wanted to go to the summit, but should have planned better. Must do as a tour. The renal car struggled just going to the visitor center. I must say, we have friends that... More 

Thank MAChivers
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got lucky & visited on a night that was clear, no wind, no moon (but still in the 40s). We got there about 8 pm when the guides were still presenting. They start about 6 pm. They have laser pointers that are amazing! They point right up to the specific star/constellation they're talking about. Several telescopes were set up... More 

Thank tcwan001
Salt Lake City
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our family favorites on our trip. We walked up the hill to see the most phenomenal sunset of our lives, above a sea of clouds. Spent hours in the visitors center, enjoying the educational movie and lecture. The astronomy students presenting & volunteering were hilarious, passionate and educational. My science-y nerd-tween LOVED it. They had telescopes... More 

Thank smel
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice information area. I wouldn't miss this. So much to see and learn if you want to see the Volcanos and maybe the night glow.

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