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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

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TravelingFam wrote a review Nov 2020
Omaha, Nebraska488 contributions47 helpful votes
I believe you’d have to book a private tour to do organized star gazing. the visitor building isn’t open right now. They are blocking the road to the top so to watch sunset you must be there no later than 5p for the 5:45 sunset. And have a true 4x4. Recommendation is to stay at visitor center elevation for 30 min to acclimate to altitude. Still we sat in the parking lot and stargazed on our own. Not sure if the bathrooms are open so plan ahead.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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AREEN7 wrote a review Feb 2020
Midland Park, New Jersey78 contributions39 helpful votes
The visitor information station is a must stop just to get used to the altitude and throw on some extra clothes. One of the women in my group did start feeling ill after a couple of hours at the summit. This is a GREAT trip, but you MUST rent a vehicle that can drive it. Weather can change in an instant, and it can blizzard in the winter. And IT. IS. COLD. Watching the sunset over the clouds is breathtaking. And afterwards, there's an orange glow on the horizon I've never seen before. The snow is wind swept into interesting patterns (DON'T touch-not for snowballs). On the way down, there's a parking area to stargaze and take pictures of the milkyway. And aside from the cost of the vehicle, it's free.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mike H wrote a review Feb 2020
Phoenix, Arizona1,791 contributions247 helpful votes
The visitors center was open but the gift shop was closed. Not much going on only a video going with astronomical photography showing. No explaination as to why it was shut up. They did have a scope focused on the sun with filters but not much else.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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AloisTreindl wrote a review Feb 2020
Zurich, Switzerland27 contributions20 helpful votes
I was there 20 years ago, and the quality of what the center offers has declined. Still, the visit to the top of Mauna Kea is worth it. Don't be afraid, any car can make it, even when they say '4-wd only'.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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happy4travel wrote a review Feb 2020
Northern California1,292 contributions334 helpful votes
We enjoyed this amazing experience! So much to take in! We’d been here once before but not as good as it was the first time. It’s incredible! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Date of experience: August 2019
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