CLOSURE NOTICE: VIS is temporarily closed due to closure of the Maunakea Acccess Road.



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(Loxioides bailleui) The critically endangered Palila is found only on the upper slopes of Maunakea. The Palila has a vibrant yellow head, a strong bill, and a delightful call. Shop First Light Bookstore for our exclusive limited edition Palila tshirt and etched tumber.

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Welcome to MKVIS





The Visitor Information Station is closed until further notice.


The Maunakea Access road is closed at the Saddle Road junction until further notice.


The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station is located on Maunakea, at 19°45'33"N Latitude and 155°27′22″W Longitude.

Open 7 days a week from 8AM until 3:00pm at the 9,200 foot (2,800 meter) level, we provide health and safety information and education about Maunakea.

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 cautioned 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.

Groups of over ten persons require an approved special request.  
Summit Access Road conditions:  Maunakea weather varies widely and sometimes very quickly.  The latest road and weather information, as well as road closure criteria, are available at the "Current Summit & Road Conditions" section on the right side of this page, or go to the "Road Conditions" section of the Maunakea Weather Center website; or call 935-6268 for a recorded phone message (updated as conditions change).
Kama'āina Observatory Experience:  The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience is a monthly community event that welcomes Hawai‘i 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 Kama‘āina Observatory Experience, or to reserve a spot for an upcoming tour, visit or call ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at (808) 969-9703.
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MKVIS Temporarily Closed.

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