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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, Hilo

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area also known as Mauna Kea State Park, is a state of Hawaii protected area at the southern base of Mauna Kea.The 20.5acre park is administered by the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources. The park is located on Saddle Road (Route 200) west of Hilo, at with about elevation. Facilities include restrooms, cabins and camping, trash cans, and a picnic area. water improvements are planned.Wild pigs and sheep can be hunted in the area. The dry shrublands get cold at night due to the elevation. The nearby Bradshaw Field, a military airstrip on the Pohakuloa Training Area, and artillery practices can disturb the quiet of the site.On August 18, 2009 Senator Daniel Inouye and other officials held a ceremony at the park marking the third phase of the realignment of the Saddle Road. The first three phases improved 22 miles of the 55mi road, through the west of the park and east of the park. On August 22, 2010, a fire broke out between the park and the training area. Dry conditions, strong winds, and steep terrain hampered fighting efforts, although military helicopters were used. The fire burned for over a week, with traffic diverted to the older saddle road and the park closed down.
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  • Not to be confused with Maunakea Visitor Information Station, our Navigator confused. The Recreation Area has a right on Highway 200 and by and large there is only parking and toilets.
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  • At first it seems odd to find a park with a playground and restrooms up there, but it does make a nice stop, and walk around. We were just driving over the island for the first time and decided to sto...  read more »
  • It's like being on top of the world to watch the sunset on top of the clouds. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time at the observation station. You need to acclimatize for at least a half an hour ...  read more »
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