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Maunakea Visitor Information Station
Tourist Information Center
Today 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Mauna Kea Access Rd Hilo, HI 96720
Mauna Kea Access RoadUSHawaiiHilo96720
(808) 961-2180ifa.hawaii.edu
Tourist Information CenterToday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
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"Just not as awe-inspiring as a truly dark sky would have been."
"So amazing for the star gazing and sun set."
"Amazing view and very nice and informative people helping with the telescopes."
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Irene Zaso
4 weeks ago
Everyone said you need to go up at night to see the stars. We starting driving to the visitor center. it was cloudy rainy and I said lets just keep going, by the time you get up. there are no clouds and clear. We waited until it was complete;y dark around 9pm. There were protesters that closed visitor center. We didn't think we could go all the way to the top because it said 4x4s only. so we parked there and got out to look at starts never seen the sky like that before.
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feifei hsu
a year ago
The best place to watch star for sure. you would learn a lot of things. so amazing for the star gazing and sun set. btw, kids like space food very much. People are very nice, very warmhearted and very helpful. I was locked out of my car. they spent 2 hours hard work to open my door. really awesome. thank you very much.
Amanda Wamsley
a week ago
It was absolutely amazing coming here last fall and i had an amazing time.
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Doug Hatch
a month ago
Access to the visitors center and to the peak is closed . . . due to protests. It has been this way for quite a few weeks.
James Prouty
3 months ago
This is a wonderful vista that's spoiled by the headlights and taillights of arriving and departing automobiles. The otherwise dark sky is constantly blighted by them. They could solve the problem by blocking off the parking lot from the viewing area with fencing. I suggest steel poles embedded in concrete and fabric and cord fencing that can be easily removed during the off-season. The high altitude allows you to see the Southern Cross, which is a treat for those of us from the Northern Hemisphere. There is no view of the sunset (the center is on the south east corner of the peak), so if that matters to you, come quite a while before sunset and go on to the very peak. You *will* need a serious vehicle to get there, and you're not allowed to pass the Visitor center on the way to the peak after sunset for safety reasons. The Visitor center is truly very cold. Wear long pants, and a seriously warm coat and sweater. I imagine the peak is even colder. Still, the Visitor center is worth the time and the effort to get there. Just not as awe-inspiring as a truly dark sky would have been.
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Jacob Kapu
2 weeks ago
We Are Mauna Kea . Protection Not Protester . ShutDownTMT . I'm from Maui and I visited the Aloha Aina protections and I'm in 100% support
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tom creighton
6 months ago
You can certainly see stars but too much traffic. Go off the beaten path to get better views
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Paul Philps
a year ago
Overpriced with staff that don't seem to care. After a 1.5 hour drive from Kona to the VIS to watch a cultural presentation myself and my wife we sitting outside of the VIS waiting for it to begin... It began without us. There is a sitting room with a TV inside the building and not information was given from anyone. We had asked and was told it would be announced... so we waited. Around 6 we finally went and sat inside of the building waiting for it to begin... and waited... and waited.... people would ask at the front and they were told that nothing was going to start until 6:45 or 7.... so we waited. Finally at 6:30 we heard it was in another building far south of the VIS... and that we should have read it on the board outside.... we went outside... nothing on the board "oh, I guess someone forgot to write it on there." Needless to say, I was EXTREMELY unimpressed.... After such a long drive and of course the return trip.... to have them not care at all was absolutely disappointing! Thanks for nothing...
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