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

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Visiting Maunakea

 

 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. 

 

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.

 

 


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