Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station

Tourist Information, Scenic Lookout, Mountain
Mauna Kea Access Rd (6 miles from Saddle Rd)
Mauna Kea, HI
(808) 961-2180
Monday
9:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 10:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday
9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday
9:00am - 10:00pm

Tips

  • Nightly star tour
  • Wear all of your clothes (it gets really cold!). Cliff did a great benevolently cranky stargazing talk. Drive something more powerful than a Nissan Versa.
  • Best star gazing in the country. Come before sunset to watch from the top of the mountain and stay for the guided star tour.
  • Bring a bag of chips and see how far up you make it b4 it explodes..
  • View the Orion Nebula
  • Chill out for 45 min before reaching the summit.
  • The gift shop sells $30 sweats and snuggies for $120. There is a mountain across the street from the visitor's center where you can watch the sunset. Requires 15-20mins hike. Not for acrophobics.
  • Stargazing Friday and Saturday at the visitor station. Wear warm clothes, temperatures drop to freezing. Want to watch sunset at the top? Reserve a tour or take a 4x4 up to 14,000 feet (adults only).
  • Stargazing Friday and Saturdays at the visitor station. Wear warm clothes, temperatures drop to freezing at night. Want to watch sunset at the top? Reserve a tour or take a 4x4 up to 14,000 feet elev.
  • When the sun goes low, so does the temp! Expect 50F or lower when it gets dark during most seasons. Bring $1 bills and buy lots of hot chocolate and noodles to support the VIC.
  • As far as we got without a 4x4. Still a couple hikes up the hills with great views
  • great place! go there in the afternoon. hike a bit and stay for the sunset and stargazing at night. it is amazing!
  • Friendly & knowledgeable guides take you through the stars & constellations.
  • Stargazing
  • Hot water provided. Instant noodle for sale.
  • Amazing place... More than 4500 mts above ocean and with different temperature and landscape from the rest of Big Island... MUST SEE PLACE....
  • Leave enough time for sunset viewing. Hot chocolate is great and very helpful.
  • Last restroom stop before the summit mount.
  • Watch the informative videos to learn about the different telescopes and why the observatory is so important.
  • Stop here for half hour before reaching the summit to get used to lack of oxygen; come back after sunset for stargazing.