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Subaru Telescope

650 N Aohoku Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2700
+1 808-934-5905
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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 July 16, 2017
Bryan L
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Oak Ridge, Tn
The view from here is worht it!!

Easy 4x4 drive up, smooth gravel and very steep. Be prepared, its bloody cold, and very high up... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2017
Karaleeandliam
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Melbourne, Australia
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650 N Aohoku Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2700
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Reviewed July 16, 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

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Reviewed June 4, 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?

1  Thank Karaleeandliam
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Reviewed May 4, 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

Thank G C
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Reviewed February 14, 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

1  Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed November 12, 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.

1  Thank Sandy L
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Reviewed August 13, 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.

1  Thank tikiznbamboo
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Reviewed August 3, 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.

1  Thank Bjmoo10
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Reviewed July 30, 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.

1  Thank bearabee
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Reviewed June 29, 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

1  Thank Suzy r
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Reviewed June 16, 2016

Most likely if you wait until you get to Hawaii to try to book the Subaru Telescope Tour, you won't get in, it usually takes a week or longer to get tickets. You also need to plan on renting a 4 wheel drive and getting...More

1  Thank derrick w
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windycross
August 13, 2017|
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Response from Glenn M | 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
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