Visitor Information Station



The Maunakea Visitor Information Station is currently closed
in response to the COVID-19 situation.


The VIS parking lot and portable toilets remain available to visitors at all times.


 UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I Adoption of Chapter 20-26
Hawai‘i Administrative Rules
 Effective 23 January 2020

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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