(BROLL) Maunakea visitor station to reopen after pandemic shutdown 

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Dan Meisenzahl , (808) 348-4936
Spokesperson, UH Communications
Posted: Jul 13, 2021

Maunakea Visitor Information Station
Maunakea Visitor Information Station

Link to video (details below): https://bit.ly/3i6MyIH

The Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Hawaiʻi Island will resume operations starting Thursday, July 15, more than a year after shutting its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff have installed safety barriers and will implement proper social distancing that adheres to local, state and federal guidelines. Modified daily hours of 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m will be in effect until further notice.  

“Our goal is to educate the visitors on the cultural importance of the mountain,” said Rodrigo Romo, newly appointed VIS manager. “We need to make sure visitors know how to behave on the mountain and approach it with the respect it deserves.”  

The VIS, which is at the 9,200-foot elevation of Maunakea, is in an area known as Halepōhaku. The Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS) has completed parking lot and traffic flow improvements to ensure parking and vehicle pull-outs are on the same side of the road as the VIS. This helps to provide safe public access as required by the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan.   

Officials encourage everyone to follow health department recommendations on social distancing and protection while visiting Maunakea. 

For more information, go to the CMS website. 


BROLL: (1:09)

:00-:08 Wide shot of Halepōhaku, mid-level section of Maunakea

:09-:16 Exterior of VIS (temporary set up prior to reopening)

:17-:25 Sculpture of Hawaiʻi astronaut Ellison Onizuka (VIS named after him)

:26-:35 Exterior of VIS

:36-:37 Visitors outside of VIS

:38-:46 VIS staff preparing 

:47-:52 Safety panels installed inside VIS

:53-1:01 Preps inside VIS 

1:02-1:09 Wide of Maunakea