Coronavirus Anxiety Prompts Temporary Closure of Maunakea Visitor Center
The Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Hawaiʻi Island will suspend operations starting Sunday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We understand that the Visitor Information Center is helpful to those who visit Maunakea,” General Manager of Maunakea Observatory Support Services Stewart Hunter said in a press release.
“However, we want to be prudent for the welfare of our visitors and our staff during this extraordinary time. We appreciate the understanding of the public.”
The parking lot will remain open as well as the portable toilets.
While the mountain remains open to the public, officials encourage everyone to follow health department recommendations on social distancing and protection.
VIS administrators will continue to meet and discuss the latest developments to determine when they should reopen and resume operations.
The closure is effective as of 6 p.m. on Sunday.