Welcome to MKVIS
Stargazing Program Update
Starting April 17, 2017, the free public stargazing program at the Visitor Information Station will be reduced from seven evenings a week to four. Stargazing will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting). There will be no stargazing program on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Parking is available for up to 115-vehicles on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the parking lots are full, all vehicles will be turned away.
Visitor Center parking is limited to 110 vehicles, once this limit is reached all vehicles will be turned away. There are no parking areas along the road or in the surrounding DLNR property. Please plan accordingly. Mahalo!!!
The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station is located on Maunakea, at19°45′33″N Latitude and 155°27′22″W Longitude.
Open every day of the year from 12PM until 10PM at the 9,200 foot (2,800 meter) level, we provide health and safety information and education about Maunakea.
Due to the hazards of altitude sickness, pregnant women, persons in poor health, and children under 16 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.
Crowding during evenings: Please be aware of the possibility of long lines and scarce parking at the Visitor Information Station on any evening until about 1-1/2 hours after sunset (check the bottom of the Maunakea Weather Center page for current sunset times). We are unable to predict volume on any particular day. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.
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; http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/ or call 935-6268 for a recorded phone message (updated as conditions change).
Kama'āina Observatory Experience: The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience 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,
or call ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at (808) 969-9703.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)