Visiting Maunakea



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 for free star gazing which takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with public telescopes operated by knowlegable star-guides. The Visitor Information Station also hosts Saturday night presentations on astronomy and culture. Browse this section to learn what you can experience and expect on your visit to Maunakea!

Printable brochure on "Visiting Maunakea Safely and Responsibly" (includes map of Summit road and trail)

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