Visiting Maunakea





The Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) is open daily from 9am to 5pm.  Nighttime stargazing at the VIS has also been suspended. Please note that restrooms will be closing at 5pm starting on Monday,  (portable toilets will be available 24/7), January 14, 2019, as the infrastructure project to improve visitor safety and to better protect natural, historic and cultural resources begins. The project is expected to take about six months.

The infrastructure project includes the construction of a new paved parking lot with 42 stalls, entry and exit lanes to the parking area, a new greenhouse for propagating native plants and the removal of an existing structure, known as the Upper Longhouse.

Maunakea's altitude and isolation in the middle of the Pacific ocean make it an ideal location for astronomical observation. Currently there are 13 independent multi-national astronomical research facilities located on the summit. While the summit is open to the public, the summit telescope facilities are CLOSED to visitors. Visitors will frequently ascend the summit during the day or to watch the sunset, then return to the Maunakea Visitor Information Station to view the stars. The Visitor Information Station also hosts Saturday afternoon presentations on astronomy and culture. Browse this section to learn what you can experience and expect on your visit to Maunakea!


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