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Mauna Loa Observatory

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Address: 1437 Kilauea Ave, Room 102, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4200
Phone Number:
8089336965
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We are an atmospheric monitoring station that was established in 1956....

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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Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo

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Big Island Fantastic Trip

Be sure to "Get Involved" with the gorgeous area of Hilo. Plan on hiking and walking a little at each site. Incredible, just incredible. :)

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Be sure to "Get Involved" with the gorgeous area of Hilo. Plan on hiking and walking a little at each site. Incredible, just incredible. :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to see the lava erupting. They had several rangers available to answer questions and had camera's set up so you could get a close up view. Many interesting displays set up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Where on earth can you visit a beach for surfing and a location with natural snow within two hours? We took the Mauna Loa Scenic Road until the Observatory where the street ends. But that's not it! In case you do have a 4WD-JEEP (not an AWD car) you might go further towards the summit - which we did. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The Mauna Loa observatory on the Big island of Hawaii is something you should not miss! It offers great views a different perspective and scale of the island. I suggest driving up before sunset, and staying at the visitors centre after for some stargazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Fascinating to see a place seen and discussed if you are into science, but also if you are not it is a unique experience to have this on an island. The terrain is so unusual. Because of the elevation I had dizziness both times.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Great place for sunset or sunrise. Bring warm clothes and enjoy the stars. Great information and very helpful volunteers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Great view but not frequently available for visitors to go inside. Need a 4 wheel drive to go there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Somewhat of a drive up the mountain to get there but well worth the trip. I have never seen the stars so close. Saw shooting and falling stars that looked like someone was shooting a Roman Candle close. So beautiful. Many with high powered telescopes that they shared. Bring cold clothes, it was freezing! So worth the trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We were fortunate to visit the Mauna Loa Observatory with a special tour. It is quite a drive from Kona, but worth it. The views were unbelievable and the information was so interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We drove up the mountain in the rental car and it was not a problem. It was at night and the astronomy society had 6 telescopes pointed at various positions in the sky - it was all free for the public to look through them and there were knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions. We saw planets and the... More 

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