Visiting MKO

From the Dry Side...

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Drive time: 1.5 - 2 hrs


Current Conditions

Road Conditions & Closings

Observatory Live WebCams

Visiting Mauna Kea Observatories

-- High Altitude Hazards --
(Read this before you go!)


Travel notes:

From Kona (1), follow Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy past the airport -

at the Waikoloa turnoff (2), turn right-

travel mauka (up), past Waikoloa, to the end of the road (3),

turn left and drive to the Saddle Road intersection (4),

turn right onto Saddle Road (State Hwy 200),

continue until just past the 28 mile marker-

you will see a large cinder cone and gravel parking area to the right (5),

take a left (North) onto Mauna Kea Access road,

climb about 8 miles until you see the Onizuka Visitors Center (6) ,

a small stone building on your right.

GPS Coordinates:

Mauna Kea Access Road Turnoff:
Lat 19:41:21.32 N,
Long 155:27:59.94 W

Ellison Onizuka Visitor's Center:
Lat 19:45:33.56 N,
Long 155:27:21.5 W

WM Keck Observatory:
Lat 19:49:34.56 N,
Long 155:28:29.8 W

Google Earth Placemarks can be found HERE

(Save .kmz files to open with GoogleEarth)


Keck Observatory Info:

W.M. Keck Observatory Homepage

Technical Data for Keck Observatory
(Adobe PDF file, probably more than you want to know!)


Some Mauna Kea Pics:

Summit Pan South

2002 Storm



Something to Avoid

Mauna Kea Sunset
(Quicktime Move, 8mb)