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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, Hilo
(4/5 based on 60+ 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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  • Good stop for restrooms and a kid break at the play area. High altitude so it is nice and cool here. Take a break! 
  • Nice place to stop and use the restroom facilities have lunch on the picnic tables and gather some brochures for info on the area. Camping cabins are available as long as you have gotten permits ahead...  more »
  • Unreal attraction that is worth the wait for the sun to go down behind the clouds! Then stay for a little star gazing! Bring a jacket because it is cold up here, even though it's 80 at the beach! Must...  more »