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Maunakea Visitor Information Station

Mauna Kea Access Road

The Kamaaina Observatory Experience is a monthly community event that welcomes Hawaii residents to the science reserve atop Maunakea to see world-class telescopes and learn about the cultural and environmental importance of the mountain.

Due to the hazards of altitude sickness, pregnant women, persons in poor health, and children under 16 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 used 4WD Low Range to reduce brake failure and overheating.


John Easley

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
They were very helpful. It's hard to breathe up there. It's very high up. It's the highest you're allowed to go with anybody under the age of 16. They have a little information desk and a few snacks for sale as well a gift shop. I highly recommend going to check it out and buying at least a coffee mug.

Prince Francis T J 8606110812

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017
Hawaii is another popular destination just like Jamaica because of its sublime beauty, culture and the weather. Dinner cruises, beaches, sunsets to writing WILL YOU MARRY ME on the sand makes it a suitable romantic place for your idea to propose your beloved.

Emily Rogers

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Dress warm! It was a cool 50 degrees during our visit, which felt really cold compared to 85 in Puako. The building was clearly not meant to handle the Friday crowd but the staff did a great job. We enjoyed looking at Jupiter and Saturn through the telescope but were disappointed that they did not show the movie again after 7:30 p.m. "because of the crowd". Decent gift shop, overpriced as anywhere else but you can get hot chocolate or soup mix which helps combat the chill.

L. Levine

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Feels otherworldly up here. Great place for unique vacation photos. Plan to come up and catch the sunset and be sure to bring warm layers no matter what time of day you come. The gift shop has warm clothes for sale that are pricey but the lined hoodies will become your favorite. Stay for a chance to hear about what's going on in the sky tonight and have a chance to look through high powered telescopes. This is one of my favorite places in the world!

H French

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
The star gazing session that starts at 6 is phenomenal. The presentation is excellent. Don't miss the short hike across the street to watch the sun set first (up a small hill). Dress warmly - layers! Hot chocolate and tea are available for purchase. Feels like a party. (And don't be that guy who turns on white light flashlights or headlights after the star gazing starts.)

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