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Welcome to MKVIS

 

MAUNAKEA VISITOR INFORMATION STATION

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.

 

The Maunakea Visitor Information Station will suspend operations starting Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 pm
in response to the COVID-19 situation.

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.

The parking lot and portable toilets remain available 24/7. While the mountain remains open to the public, officials encourage everyone to follow health department recommendations on social distancing and protection.

VIS administrators will continue to meet and discuss the latest developments to determine when operations should resume.

 

Normally open 7 days a week from 9:00am until 6:00pm 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.

  
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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