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Mauna Loa Observatory

1437 Kilauea Ave, Suite 102, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4200
+1 808-933-6965
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We are an atmospheric monitoring station that was established in 1956. Please visit our website to learn more about the atmospheric constituents that we monitor that can cause a forcing effect on our climate. We are a secure working facility with no unauthorized entry and we do not provide tours to the public. All Astronomy takes place on Mauna Kea and not on Mauna Loa so please make sure that your reviews are located under the correct attraction.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1437 Kilauea Ave, Suite 102, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4200
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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

We visited in day time and night time and the two experiences are so different and each one definitely worth doing. Your $25 entry pass is good for a week. Talk to the visitor centre staff, as they are helpful and will educate you and...More

3  Thank Denise M
Reviewed 19 November 2017

We went early for the star gazing and looked around. We did not venture to the top. The look out we hiked to was beautiful. The star gazing was awesome. Definitely worth a visit. It was amazing how many stars we could see.

Thank ustressed
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Unfortunately, it was voggy (fog + volcanic stuff) when we arrived at the foot of the drive up to the observatory -- which is a mile or so before the drive up to Mauna Kea on the other side of the road when going East...More

1  Thank garbagecollector
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The drive to the top of Mauna Kea is long and bumpy; parts of it not paved, but it is so worth it. The views along the drive of the clouds below are remarkable. It is extremely windy at the top, so we took some...More

Thank AuntFifi
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Star gazing at it's finest. Bundle up because it gets extremely cold when the sun sets but so worth the temps.

Thank 132Karen132
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

The mauna loa Observatory is known as a base line Observatory at the foot of mauna loa. Mauna loa has a huge creater and is really for seasoned hikers. There is no visitor center at this site however at mauna Kea there is. Long winding...More

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Brilliant journey up to 11,000ft high above the clouds. In fact there were none when we went up and we had excellent views of Moana Kea observatories on the way up. Standing and looking in a lava tube, seeing the 'chocolate bon bons' in the...More

Thank Mr&MrsAdventure
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Aloha! I live on the Big Island and came across this to see people are accidently posting reviews here when they actually mean to post for MAUNA KEA! Mauna Kea has a visitor center and is a famous tourist attraction for stargazing. Mauna Loa is...More

22  Thank 808HawaiiTraveller
Reviewed 26 April 2017

After driving up to Mauna Kea and waiting for the clouds to open up for some photo opportunities that never materialized, we headed back down to Hwy 200. A short distance SE on Hwy 200 is the north access road to Mauna Loa observatories. Not...More

2  Thank Michael N
Reviewed 19 February 2017

long winding drive on poorly maintained road to reach observation area and found view that was less rewarding than what you will find at other locations. if you're into extreme hiking, there's a trail that you can reach at the observation level.

3  Thank Tourista50
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Tijil A
6 October 2017|
Response from Mr&MrsAdventure | Reviewed this property |
There a good views from both mountains if it is a clear day but both are so different. From Mauna Loa you can see the observatories twinkling in the sunshine on Mauna Kea. You can only drive up to 11,000ft on Mauna Loa and... More
dan h
20 March 2017|
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Response from dan h | Reviewed this property |
Again,you guys are talking about wrong mountain. You all drove to Mauna Kea. This post is about Mauna Loa. I actually just made it up to Mauna Loa yesterday, it was several hours trip. Anyone can drive up to Kea, but Loa is... More
Harry H
9 March 2017|
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Response from rhodes83 | Reviewed this property |
There are tours by appointment only. We did not do a tour. There are plenty of state park volunteers who are very knowledgeable. There are telescopes set up to see planets and stars. It varies during the year.