Critical Information (日本語)


General VIS Information 一般情報

  • VIS Elevation  ビジターインフォメーションステーションの標高: 9200ft (2800 meters)
  • Summit Elevation 山頂の標高: 13,796ft (4205 meters)
  • The road to the VIS starts at mile marker 28 on Saddle Road 
    サドルロードのマイルマーカー28 がビジターインフォメーションセンターへの道路の入口
  • Travel Time from Hilo: 50 min 
  • Travel Time from Kona: 1 hour 15 min

Road to the Summit 山頂までの道

  • It is a total of 8 miles (13 km) to the Summit from the VIS. It takes most vehicles about 30 minutes to get to the top.
  • The first 4.5 miles of the Summit Access Road is unpaved gravel with several steep switchbacks.
  • The last 3.5 miles is paved, but also very steep.

Summit Road Safety - Please Read Carefully and only Advise Visitors based on our standard recommendations

  • We only recommend 4-Wheel Drive vehicles when traveling past the VIS to the summit areas.
  • 2-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles are NOT recommended for travel to the Summit. They do not have the Low Range gears required to slow down properly when descending the mountain.
    山頂へ行くために、二輪駆動車 や全輪駆動車(AWD)は推奨できません。二駆や全輪駆動車は、山を下りるときに必要とされる低レンジ(Low Range・4L)ギアがついていないからです。
  • The greatest danger of the summit road is the return trip. Overuse of the brakes and cause brake failure, and is extremely dangerous.
  • Visitor’s 4-Wheel Drive transmissions should be in 4 Low at all times past the VIS.
    四輪駆動車のトランスミッションは、ビジターインフォメーションステーションを過ぎてからはずっと4 Lowにセットにしたほうがよいでしょう。
  • When coming down from the summit, visitors should put their vehicle in a low gear. The lower the gear, the slower the vehicle moves without using the brakes. Start in 1st gear and then move up to higher gears if necessary until the appropriate speed is reached without overuse of the brakes.
  • The low air pressure at the summit can cause altitude sickness. Major symptoms are headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Drinking plenty of water can help to prevent altitude sickness, but once if the symptoms become severe the best solution is to get to lower altitudes. If we give visitor oxygen we MUST call an ambulanc

Hiking Trails ハイキング

  • The trail “Sunset Hill” starts directly across the street from the VIS, and takes 15-20 minutes to hike up. It offers a good view of the west and the sunset. The Hawaiian name for this hill is Pu’u Kalepeamoa. Pu’u means “hill” in Hawaiian.
    サンセットがよく見える小山/丘への道は、道路を横切って左側に上がっていきます。丘の頂きまでおよそ15分から20分かかります。小山・丘の頂きでは、西側の素晴らしい風景とサンセットが望めます。その丘のハワイ語の名前は、プウ カレペアモア。プウはハワイ語で丘を意味します。
  • The trail to the summit is 7 miles (11 km) each way. The trail can be challenging and hikers should be prepared. We recommend allowing a total of 10 hours to go up and return. It is a good idea for hikers to start early in the morning, before 9am is best.
  • There is a small walk behind the VIS where visitors can see the rare Silversword plants. There is a fence to keep animals out, but it is ok for visitors to open the gate.

VIS Free Programs 無料プログラム

  • Stargazing program happens every night of the year from 6pm – 10pm.
    • The program begins with a movie at 6pm.
    • We will have a star tour on the patio when the sky is completely dark and relatively clear of clouds.
    • Please ask visitors not to move the larger telescopes.

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