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Mauna Kea 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
Monday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
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"So amazing for the star gazing and sun set."
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"Amazing view and very nice and informative people helping with the telescopes."
"Unreal experience viewing stars, galaxies, the moon, Saturn, star clusters."
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feifei hsu
8 months 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.
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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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Michael Jones
4 years ago
Unique situation. You have to stop and hang out for an hour before going further to acclimate to the lower oxygen density so everybody is milling around the store as slowly as possible to kill time, somewhat like a human kelp forest. Plus, the goods in the shop are all fascinating science-themed objects of the mind. T-shirts showing the hexagonal mirrors of Keck I and II, planetarium projectors, astronomical atlases, and all manner of thoughtful items to pass the time. Nice break from the grass skirts and sunscreen lotion.
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cindy thayer
a year ago
Amazing view and very nice and informative people helping with the telescopes.
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tom creighton
a month ago
You can certainly see stars but too much traffic. Go off the beaten path to get better views
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Andy Martone
a year ago
We rented a 4WD car specifically so we could participate in the ranger led caravan and tour of the observatories. It was totally worth it. Seeing a sunset from above the clouds was one of the highlights of my trip to the big island.
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Bobby Watson-Correa
4 months ago
Had a great time looking at the stars with my family
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Cody Shell
a year ago
This no-nonsense stop on your way to the top is a much needed place to aclimatize and stock up on anything you may have forgotten like water, sunscreen, hats, gloves etc.