Visitor Information

Nightly Stargazing Activities

The Visitor Information StationMaunakea Visitor Information Station

Looking to see some stars on Maunakea? Join us at the Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) for a spectacular view of stars, constellations, satellites, and more (weather permitting).

The VIS is located at the 9200 ft/ 2800 m elevation and open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. In addition to visitor exhibits, you will find a gift shop, the flushing toilets, and knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. There are no registration, entrance, or parking fees to visit the VIS.

If you decide to come to the VIS past business hours, please make sure you adhere to the UH Rules and Regulations of no camping, sleeping, or starting fires. View the full list of rules for Maunakea.

Our location provides great viewing and most nights you’ll find us above the clouds and nearly touching the stars.

Although we do not have any formal nighttime programs at the VIS, you are still welcome to stop by and look up. The staff at the VIS are well trained and happy to answer your questions regarding Maunakea and astronomy. When we have enough staff available, you can even ask the staff to step outside and point out the constellations and planets visible. In addition, they also know about Wayfinding (Hawaiian Navigation), stories of the area, and various astronomy concepts. However, please do keep in mind that this is weather and staff dependent.

Monthly Stargazing Events

If you are interested in looking through telescopes you can check out our once-a-month free event. This event has limited capacity and does require a registration. Visit Stargazing at the VIS for more information.

Happy viewing!