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Description - Mauna Kea State Recreation Area encompasses 20 acres within the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve but also very close to the Pohakuloa Military Reservation.

Attractions - The site contains picnic tables and cabins for lodging opportunities, with excellent views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Your fellow campers may be pig, sheep and bird hunters depending on the season of your stay. The military reservation lies very close to this park and maneuvers may encroach on the quiet wilderness setting.

The cabins at Mauna Kea are available for rental as individual cabins or together for a larger group. A maximum of 64 persons can be accommodated in the four cabins at Kalopa. These accommodations consist of eight-person units with beds, bedding, linens, toilet facilities and hot showers. A centrally located recreational dining hall is fully equiped for cooking and serving the entire group. Contact the Hawai'i District of the State Parks for more information and reservations.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at Mauna Kea state park include camping, picnicking, hiking and viewing scenery.

Climate - The elevation of the park is 6,500 feet, which makes for cooler temperatures than coastal areas. Be prepared with layers if camping at this site.

Location - This state recreation area lies in central Hawaii along Saddle Road. It is approximately 35 miles west of Hilo.

Fee Information
Type Price
Cabin Rental $55 Per cabin, per night

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Report: About 12 years ago , a young lady friend and I spent two nights in the Mauna Kea cabins. It was very nice, yet very inexpensive. The coolest thing was at night , near by , we heard loud booms! We climbed some near by hills and saw the coolest thing. Brilliant red army observation flares lit up the jet black lava , about a mile away. Then we saw the show. The army uses the area for artilery practice. I'm going back there this winter (2004). Any adventure loving person would surely love this.

Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Lodging Cabins available for rental.
ICON Picnicking Site offers picnic tables.

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Contact Information:
Hawai'i District, Hawai'i State Parks, P.O. Box 936, 75 Aupuni Street, 204 , Hilo, HI, 96721-0936, Phone: 808-974-6200

Additional Information:
Big Island (Hawaii) - This island is known as 'The Big Island', due to its size, which is nearly double that of the others in the archipelago combined. Hawaii has a plethora of natural areas including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Big Island State Parks - The Big Island contains 14 state-administered park sites. The sites pervade the island and protect properties of natural, historical and cultural significance.
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.


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