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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  • I stopped by at the break en route to Mauna Kea and Hiro. It is a toilet. You could park the kids to play. Very nice views.
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  • Fun and beautiful drive up for a great view, there was snow at the top, did a short hike at the visitor center then drove to summit - you need a high clearance vehicle or 4 x 4. If you plan to hike to...  more »
  • This is a small roadside rest area on Saddle Road (not the Visitor’s Centre or the Mauna Kea summit.) This may be the only washroom directly on the Saddle Road between Waikokoa and Hilo, so it’s worth...  more »

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A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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