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- Like the volcano, I think your experience is all going to be based on timing. It was a clear night and we were able to see constellations very clearly. However, the moon was way too bright to allow us to see any difference in the Milky Way, compared to where we we could see it from our lodging in Pahoa.
The drive up was super easy (and much easier than Haleakala) but we did not drive all the way to the top of the summit. Luckily, we had no issues acclimating.
Flying out of Kona, it was cool to be able to see Mauna Kea from the plane and be able to see where we were the night before.Written 10 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We came up with the Hawaii Forest & Trails group, and were able to do a little stargazing, although the weather was horrid on our day. Next time we're on the Big Island we'll definitely go up again. Wow, the stars are so bright without all the light pollution!Written 5 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I visited Kona with my family and we wanted to visit a Coffee plantation and found this one. At first we were skeptical because of the steep price but decided we were on vacation so why not. Turns out, the coffee farm was a great attractions. The grounds were beautiful and the people working here were very friendly and informative. We loved the mill and Japanese home. The people working at the mill and home were great! I learned so much. I would definitely recommend coming here.Written 17 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We enjoyed the docent interaction at the Keck headquarters in Waimea, where it was possible to get insight into today's astronomy activities and the amazing work being performed with the optical systems on top of Mauna Kea. This trip we drove up to the mountain top (yes, you really do have to have 4WD), stopping the recommended 30 minutes at the 9,000 foot visitors center, and then proceeding to the 14,000 foot top where we were able to enter the Keck observatory visitor space and get a view of one of the two large telescopes.
There are commercially available tours if you prefer to let someone else drive and have a guide along.Written 10 March 2020
- I have been there numerous times, last one November 2019. Vera and her husband are great people! Always fine artwork to look at and purchase! If you miss Hawaii like I do, can't wait until this is over so I can safely hop a flight and return to my favorite place to visit, just get on Vera's email list. You may see a piece of artwork that catches your eye and reminds you of your past vacations. If you do, just buy it!!!!! Ya need to bring the Aloha to your home for awhile!!!!🌈🌞🌸🏵️🌺🌸🌊Written 6 November 2020
- We have been in this gallery before but not purchased. This last trip we had a great chat with CJ and he gave us an amazing deal because of our very low value Canadian $. The piece arrived quickly and in perfect condition. If you want a beautiful piece of art for your home that will remind you of the island, this is the place to go. Thank you CJ !Written 29 August 2022
- As a family of history lovers, we’re so glad we didn’t miss this. Sunshine was an excellent and knowledgeable host/guide.Written 28 August 2022
- What a collection of treasures in this charming gallery of hand-crafted Hawaiian art! Friendly and knowledgeable staff can point you in the right direction in selecting the perfect gift or keepsake for that special person.
When you arrive at the address, the shop may appear to be closed. But if you ring the doorbell, someone will be with you quickly (the cutest sign says "Try wait 3 minutes"). Check it out! You won't be disappointed!Written 1 January 2022
- Beautiful sculptures, incredible, friendly staff and a wonderful display of art. Be sure to take it all in. We loved the beautiful turtles, they looked so real. It means a lot to know these are locally made in Hawaii ❤️ Most are made by glass or wood, which are great! Please continue to use these metals. It helps the local economy.Written 10 July 2019
- The museum was well-maintained, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Admission fees were minimal. Videos of tsunami surviviors telling their stories were interesting and was creating and evaluating the effects of tsunami.Written 18 June 2022
- The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a terrific opportunity to see a place where time has stood still and what old Kona was like in the 1930's and beyond. The Uchida family farm stands today as it was almost 100 year ago. The Historical Society will take you through the plantation and orchards and show what it took to make a living off the land as a leasehold farmer. Then you'll see the crown jewel of the tour: the original farmhouse and coffee processing sheds. If you want to learn about the island and it's agricultural heritage, provided by informed and entertaining (re: NOT dry!) docents, please visit. You won't regret it.
And, Kona Nightingales!Written 15 July 2021
- Note: observatory was closed to the public due to covid but we went for the view at 11K ft.
The road is not for the faint of heart. It's 15 miles of hell. Undulating, climbing paved road that made everyone nauseous. Driving through a moonscape at times as you go through the cloud layer. The view was fantastic and worth the drive. You can see the Mauna Kea observatories easily as well as Maui, ocean, and more. NO restroom and it was obvious that many folks had been using a section of rocks as a bathroom (ugh!).Written 29 December 2021
- If you've never seen the Milky Way and are on the Big Island, this is your chance. If you have already seen the Milky Way and are on the Big Island, drive up Mauna Kea and see it again!
I've seen the Milky Way many times from sea level on cruises/on islands, from deserted lakes on houseboats, to high altitude on the Inca Trail or in the Rockies and the Mauna Kea experience from Onizuka Visitors Center ranks with the best. The new Saddle Road is a driver's dream with bright lane reflectors the entire way. Your car is going to gasp a little for air driving up to the 9K' visitors center, and you'll want to descend in low gear to save your brakes, but it's definitely worth the drive and LEGAL for rental cars nowadays!
My family made this a final stop on a long day that began in Kohala Coast, visited the City of Refuge, drove the "Road to the Sea", explored South Point and then Volcanoes National Park, then Rainbow Falls and dinner in Hilo and then cutting across Mauna Kea back to Kohala Coast. We arrived before the full moon started to rise and the Milky Way and stars just popped. When the moon started to rise, we called it a "bad moon rising"...Bad because it obliterated the Milky Way and "bad" because it was as orange as a sunrise...incredible! We returned a few days laters for a Mauna Kea Sunrise tour to the 4K' Summit but unfortunately the cloud cover prevented any star gazing.
FYI, due to blood flow to our eyes, we actually see stars better from the 9K' visitors center than the 14K' summit, just in case you wanted to be macho and illegally drive your rental to the summit!. Since Kilauea has stopped spewing lava, this was a great consolation prize. Also, FYI, the Onizuka visitors center officially re-opens in September when they will resume free stargazing programs.
Mark from CincinnatiWritten 7 July 2019
- Worth the visit. Many cool things to see and learn about. Also has a great kids area with books, puzzles, coloring pages and a cool little interactive game.Written 21 July 2022
- My sister, husband, and myself visited the Tanglewood Gallery in January, 2019. We were very amazed at the awesome photos of Hawaii by Harry Durgin. We spent a couple of hours looking at and choosing the photos we wanted to buy and take home with us. Mouse was graceful, informative, and patient with us while we choose our photos. Amazing photos and their own special frames that make the pictures even more unique. We definitely enjoyed our visit and the hours of work that goes into these special photos. Thank you Mouse, Harry, and Little (their amazing pup). A must see if you are in Pahoe, Hawaii.Written 16 February 2019
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