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Subaru Telescope

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Spectacular views

Spectacular views from the top and fascinating watching the telescopes changing position and moving... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
St. Albans, United Kingdom
Rare opportunity to view 14k above sea level standing on the ground

The Subaru Telescope structure was not open for tours, but the drive up was quite a thrill, and the... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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650 N Aohoku Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2700
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Spectacular views from the top and fascinating watching the telescopes changing position and moving around.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

The Subaru Telescope structure was not open for tours, but the drive up was quite a thrill, and the views were awesome. This was on our must-see list for the Big Island of Hawaii, and it did not disappoint. I was surprised at how well...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

Easy 4x4 drive up, smooth gravel and very steep. Be prepared, its bloody cold, and very high up. Budget a 1 hr stop at the visitor center to adjust to the altitude. Surprisingly no subaru dealership up here?

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank KaraleeandLiam
Reviewed 4 May 2017

If your health permits, no trip to the Big Island is complete without visiting the nearly 14,000' summit of Mauna Kea, where the Subaru (& other famous) telescopes are located :)) You need to have a 4WD or go with a tour group (2WD vehicles...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank GC404
Reviewed 14 February 2017

There are thirteen telescopes on the top of Mauna Kea, but none are more spectacular than the Subaru Telescope, especially when viewed with the setting sun. At trip to the summit is well worth it (weather permitting), and I recommend taking one of the many...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank glennm921
Reviewed 12 November 2016

It's like being on mars. Just so cool. Cold, crisp and clear air up at the top of the world! Be prepared for altitude effects. Dizziness or nausea from lack of oxygen in the air.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

Every month the mountain hosts a tour of local people and I got to go. There was that breathless quality of being on almost star trek adventure, visiting this telescope. Awe inspiring. Also, on top of the world.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank tikiznbamboo
Reviewed 3 August 2016

It was a short but very interesting tour and definitely something to add to the list if you got to the very top of Mauna Kea. 4 wheel recommended.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Bjmoo10
Reviewed 30 July 2016

You can't go inside the telescopes but the views are incredible. Go at sunset to get unreal photos. It is cold, very cold.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank bearabee
Reviewed 29 June 2016

It's cold up there 4 wheel drive up to top and is cold 3 ft of snow last year just cold this year 38 degrees this year

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Suzy r
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Response from glennm921 | Reviewed this property |
You've got a good answer. Enjoy the trip up to the top of Hawaii, and flying the next day is no problem. If you happen to be congested or have a head cold, I'd stay at sea level and drug up to clear your sinuses and get... More