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January 4, 2009
From journal Sights and Shops to Visit on the Big Island
October 31, 2007
From journal Big Island of Hawaii
by Phil P
Bronx, New York
August 13, 2007
From journal Hawaii in Style
March 21, 2006
From journal Rick's Guide to the Hilton Waikoloa & The Big Island of Hawaii
March 17, 2004
Together with some friends, we rented a Ford Expedition from Harper and started up the mountain in mid afternoon. Saddle Road is narrow and bumpy on the sides, so the smoothest ride involved straddling the yellow line. Since traffic was light and oncoming cars could be seen in the distance, this wasn’t as dangerous as it sounds. However about half way up the mountain we ran into the clouds, which is like driving through dense fog. One comes out of the clouds into brilliant sun and high meadows. There is an army base in this area so one does see military vehicles. We arrived at the Visitor Center at the 9300 foot level where it is recommended you stop for a half hour in order adjust to the altitude. We then went on to the summit, 13,000+ feet, for a brief look around. This was the only area where one really needed a four-wheel drive to go up the steep unpaved road on the way to the observatories. The observatories are mostly automated and visitors are not allowed in. The view from the summit was spectacular and would have been more so but for the cloud layer. Back to the visitor center for a picnic supper to await the sunset and the stars. The rangers were very pleasant and informative and set up telescopes pointed at Saturn, Jupiter and Venus. They pointed out constellations and identified stars. For information of the Onizuka Center see www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/
It took about 2 hours to drive to the visitor center from Kona and the cost for the SUV for 24 hours was $158. There are tours which will take you up, supply parkas – it’s cold up there – and supply a supper, but they cannot use the rangers’ telescopes and must bring their own. The ranger services are free, and if you can split the costs with friends renting from Harper, is a far more economical way to go, besides having the freedom of your own schedule.
All in all it was an exciting adventure.
From journal Return to Kona, some new finds
Orchard Park, New York
November 26, 2003
From journal Week in Hawaii (The Big Island)
by Sweet Willie
Des Plaines, Illinois
April 4, 2003
From journal Hawaii - Big Island, Lanai, Kauai
by kelley j.
new york, New York
January 25, 2001
From journal Way Diverse Big Island
Grants Pass, Oregon
October 2, 2000
From journal Hawaii "The Big Island"