Maunakea Visitor Information Station

Mauna Kea Access Road
Hilo, HI 96720

808-969-9703

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.

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