Visitor Information Station


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

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


The Visitor Information Station (VIS) is open 7 days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm, with Interpretive Guides and Maunakea Rangers to answer questions.  Luas are available twenty-four hours daily.  During the day, a solar telescope is available for viewing the sun. 

Special program  A cultural program is presented on the fourth Saturday afternoon of the month. We expect to resume this program in March 2020.

The VIS has displays, handouts, a video program, and a gift shop with snacks and souvenirs.  Outside are hot water dispensers and a microwave for your convenience.

If you have any questions, contact us at (808) 934-4550.  For questions about the weather and road conditions, please visit the Mauna Kea Weather Center webpage or call (808) 935-6268.  If there are any sudden changes in the weather and/or road conditions, the Rangers will update the message shortly thereafter.

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Directions to MKVIS:

The VIS is accessible to normal 2-wheel drive vehicles.  Above the VIS, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.

From Hilo, take the Puainako Extension (Hwy 2000) which merges with Saddle Road (Hwy 200).  At Mile Marker 8 Highway 200 transitions seamlessly into the new Daniel K Inouye Highway.  Just before Mile Marker 28, look for a road to the right and a street sign that reads Maunakea Access Road.  Make the right turn.  The station is about 6 miles up the road on the right side of the road.  The drive from Hilo takes approximately 1 hour.

From the Kona side of the island, take Highway 190, driving north from Kona or south from Waimea.  At Mile Marker 14 is the intersection for the new Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Hwy 200).  Make the turn and take this road eastward until Mile Marker 28.  Turn left onto the Maunakea Access Road.  The station is about 6 miles up the road on the right side of the road.  From Waimea, the trip takes about 1 hour; from Waikoloa Resorts, the trip takes about 1-1/4 hours, and from Kona, the trip takes about 1-1/2 hours.


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