Visitor Information

Maunakea Visitor Information Station

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS) is located on the Maunakea Access Road at 19°45'33"N Latitude, 155°27′22″W Longitude, and 9,200ft (2,804m) Elevation. Take the Daniel K Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) and turn onto Maunakea Access Road (Milepost 28). For accurate GPS directions, search for Onizuka Center for International Astronomy. Google Maps link .

Daily hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. VIS Phone: (808) 934-4550

Please adhere to safety barriers and social distancing according to local, state and federal guidelines.

Facemasks are not required to enter the Visitor Center but they are encouraged.

The Visitor Information Center is located below Hale Pohaku on Maunakea

See Visiting Maunakea Safely and Responsibly for important safety information. Due to the hazards of altitude sickness, pregnant women, persons in poor health, and children under 13 should not venture above the Visitor Information Station. Drivers are required to use 4-wheel drive vehicles above the VIS because the road to the summit is unpaved, rough, and quite steep. Those traveling to the summit should always use 4WD Low Range to reduce brake failure and overheating. Make sure your vehicle and any items taken to Maunakea are clean to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Things to do at VIS

A shirt that is available at the Fist Light storeA shirt that is available at the First Light Store

  • Star-gazing
  • Short hiking routes around VIS
  • VIS First Light Store (and the online E-Store) has souvenirs related to Maunakea. The newly renovated parking areas provide a safe place to acclimate before going up to the summit.

Summit Access Road conditions: Maunakea weather varies widely and sometimes very quickly. The latest road and weather information are available at the upper right corner of this page.

Kama'āina Observatory Experience: The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience is currently suspended due to COVID 19. When it is in operation, it is a monthly community event that welcomes Hawaiʻi residents to the science reserve atop Maunakea to see world-class telescopes and learn about the cultural and environmental importance of the mountain. For more information about the event or to reserve a spot for an upcoming tour, visit https://kamaainaobservatoryexperience.org/ or call ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at (808) 969-9703.

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station on Maunakea prides itself on its free public educational programs.

Your generous, tax deductible donations allow us to make all of these free programs possible, including all of the telescopes used in our free nightly stargazing programs!

Mahalo!!

Mail donations:

Please make checks payable to:

UH Foundation #12045164
Maunakea Observatories Visitor Program

and mail to:

Maunakea Shared Services
640 North A'ohoku Place
Hilo, HI 96720-5108