Hale Pohaku - Onizuka Center for International Astronomy
Because of the extreme altitude of Mauna Kea, astronomers and
technicians must acclimatize and live at an intermediate altitude.
The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy (also known as Hale
Pohaku - Hawaiian for "Stone House") has living facilities for up to
72 people working at the summit, as well as a visitor center and other
support buildings. This photograph is partially obscured by drifting
smoke from a distant fire - the 1998 winter was very dry, with drought
conditions and extreme fire danger on the Island of Hawaii.