CLOSURE NOTICE: VIS is temporarily closed due to closure of the Maunakea Acccess Road.

 

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Welcome to MKVIS

MAUNAKEA VISITOR STATION

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VISITOR STATION FACILITY CLOSURE

 

The Visitor Information Station will be closed until further notice.

 

On Wednesday, July 10th, Gov. David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) announced that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will begin the week of July 15, 2019.

 

The State Department of Transportation announced that Mauna Kea Access Road will be closed and there could be lane and other road closures associated with large equipment movement beginning July 15. In addition, hunting units A, K, and G in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve area will be temporarily closed to hunting effective July 15. Both measures are being taken to ensure the safety and security of the public and personnel involved in moving equipment for the TMT project up the Mauna Kea Access Road. 

 

 

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

Open 7 days a week from 8AM until 3:00pm 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 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.

 
Groups of over ten persons require an approved special request.  
 
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, visit www.kamaainaobservatoryexperience.org or call ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at (808) 969-9703.
 
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MKVIS Temporarily Closed.

Current road conditions - call (808)935-6268