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Road to Hawaii's Mauna Kea summit remains closed

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  •   07-31-2019  2:22 pm

Road to Hawaii's Mauna Kea summit remains closed
Photo: Vadim Kurland, Flickr

Following the controversial construction of an additional Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), visitors hoping to visit Mauna Kea, a million-year-old dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii will have to find another way to reach the summit.

The Maunakea Visitor Information Station's website states that the VIS will be closed until further notice, due to construction on the telescope, which was scheduled to begin the week of July 15. The Maunakea Visitor Information Station (VIS) is usually open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The State Department of Transportation announced that Mauna Kea Access Road will be closed and there could be lane and other road closures associated with large equipment movement beginning July 15.

A popular natural attraction, Mauna Kea is one of the only places in the world where travellers can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in just two hours. There's also the chance of seeing snow, which is otherwise unusual to Hawaii.

Currently, native Hawaiian protesters are blocking the road to the summit as an attempt to block the construction of the newest telescope, over claims that the land is sacred.

For the most up-to-date information on visiting Mauna Kea, click here.