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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, Hilo

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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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  • We were stopped from going to the summit due to the alloted amount of vehicles already there. We parked and walked the all up hill trail to the top of a butte and watched the sunset. Stay a bit longer...  more »
  • Go up the mountain in the late afternoon. But have dinner before you go. The only food service at the ranger station is instant hot chocolate, instant coffee, and ramen noodles. But wow! What an excel...  more »
  • Visited mauna kea for sunset and stargazing and it will remain one of the greatest memories for me off Hawaii. Getting to the visitors station is pretty straight forward but going the rest of the way ...  more »