Visitor Information

Visitor Information

For Visitors

Rangers providing a safety briefing for hikers

See our Contact page for directions to CMS offices.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is located just down the street from CMS offices. ‘Imiloa is a gathering place that advances the integration of science and indigenous culture with a world-class stereoscopic 3D planetarium, visitor center, and Sky Garden restaurant. It is open Tuesdays - Sundays (closed Mondays).

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Maunakea is open every day of the year from 9am to 6pm at the 9,200 foot (2,800 meter) level. They provide health, safety, and other information about Maunakea.

Please view the public safety page before going up to Maunakea to understand the risks associated with high elevation. The Maunakea: Heritage and Natural Resources Guide shares additional information about Maunakea.

Visitor Information Station and Hale Pohaku, from above

For Visiting Scientists

Be sure to coordinate your visit through your sponsoring organization (observatory). CMS provides logistical support services to all Maunakea observatories, and operates and maintains the mid-level facilities at Halepōhaku. Driving time from most UH Hilo observatory offices to mid-level facilities at Halepōhaku is approximately 45 minutes (map).

Experience University of Hawaiʻi managed lands on Maunakea from anywhere with this flyover 3D-perspective animation.

Perspective Maps of Maunakea

Each map is linked to a high-resolution .jpg image file.

Hale Pōhaku

Hale Pōhaku

Astronomy Precinct

Astronomy Precinct

Looking north from Maunaloa towards Maunakea

Looking north from Maunaloa towards Maunakea