The Office of Maunakea Management merged with Maunakea Observatories Support Services in August 2020, creating the Center for Maunakea Stewardship, which is responsible for UH-managed Maunakea lands. Please visit the center's website for more information. The migration of OMKM information to the Center for Maunakea Stewardship site is expected to be completed by the start of 2022.




Poli'ahu keeps her home on the summit of Maunakea. Draped in her snowy white mantle, she is the Hawaiian deity whose 'kinolau' (physical manifestations) are the snows of Maunakea, Maunaloa, Hualalai, and Haleakala. Shop First Light Bookstore for our exclusive Poli'ahu T-shirt and other Maunakea gear.

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Please adhere to safety barriers and social distancing according to local, state and federal guidelines. Modified daily hours of 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m will be in effect until further notice. Read full release


For accurate GPS directions, type Onizuka Center for International Astronomy into your app.
This should give you a location on the Maunakea Access Road.
Addresses in Hilo or elsewhere will not bring you to the Visitor Information Station.

The move is being made as a health and safety measure as many other operations around the state and the world are conducting similar closures. We understand that the Visitor Information Center is helpful to those who visit Maunakea; however, we want to be prudent for the welfare of our visitors and our staff during this extraordinary time. We appreciate the understanding of the public. VIS administrators will continue to meet and discuss the latest developments to determine when operations should resume.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I Adoption of Chapter 20-26
Hawai‘i Administrative Rules
Effective 23 January 2020

 The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station is located on the Maunakea Access Road at 19°45'33"N Latitude and 155°27′22″W Longitude.

Due to the hazards of altitude sickness, pregnant women, persons in poor health, and children under 13 should NOT venture above the Visitor Information Station. Drivers are cautioned to use 4-wheel drive vehicles above the VIS because the road to the summit is unpaved, rough, and quite steep.  Those traveling to the summit should always use 4WD Low Range to reduce brake failure and overheating. Make sure your vehicle and any items taken to Maunakea are clean to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Summit Access Road conditions:  Maunakea weather varies widely and sometimes very quickly.  The latest road and weather information, as well as road closure criteria, are available at the "Current Summit & Road Conditions" section on the right side of this page, or go to the "Road Conditions" section of the Maunakea Weather Center website; or call 935-6268 for a recorded phone message (updated as conditions change).
Kama'āina Observatory Experience:  The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience is currently suspended due to COVID 19. When it is in operation is a monthly community event that welcomes Hawai‘i residents to the science reserve atop Maunakea to see world-class telescopes and learn about the cultural and environmental importance of the mountain. For more information about the Kama‘āina Observatory Experience, or to reserve a spot for an upcoming tour, visit or call ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at (808) 969-9703.
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