Location: on Saddle Road (Highway 200), 35.1 miles west of downtown Hilo. (Note: Car rental companies may prohibit or impose conditions for use of their vehicles on the Saddle Road.)
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None
Mauna Kea State Park will close July 1 for renovations and remain closed until further notice.
Temporary restrooms will be provided at the administrative building fronting the park’s main entrance. The public will be notified when the park is reopened. Until then, no camping reservations will be taken and permits required for overnight use will not be issued.
On July 1, Hawaii County will assume responsibility for Mauna Kea State Park. The shutdown is needed to expedite the work and ensure the public’s safety while the park’s restrooms, parking lot and picnic area are refurbished. Maintenance crews will be using heavy equipment to improve the park located near the 34-mile marker of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road.
For more information, contact Jason Armstrong at 961-8311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: Shrub land picnicking and lodging opportunities at a 6500-foot elevation. Good views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Pig, sheep and bird hunting nearby. Dry and clear weather with cold nights. Periodic military maneuvers nearby may disrupt the peace and quiet of the area.|
Camping: Due to the impending transfer of the management of the Mauna Kea State Recreation Area to the County of Hawaii, cabin reservations are no longer being taken. For information about the use of the Mauna Kea State Recreation Area after June 30, 2014, please call the County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation office at (808) 961-8311.
Services: Restrooms, lodging, trash cans, no drinking water