The Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center is a not-for-profit Educational Facility established to commemorate Col. Ellison S. Onizuka, U.S. Air Force, who lost his life aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986 along with six other American Astronauts. The Center is dedicated to reaching out to children and adults to further their understanding of Science and Space through interactive displays and experiences.
Location - It is centrally located at the Kona International Airport --- The tall, white building next to the Flag Poles between the Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines ticket counters.
Hours - Open 7 days a week from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Closed three days each year, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day.
Admission - Adults $3 each, Children 12 and under $1 each. Special Rates for prescheduled groups. Visa & Mastercard are accepted.
Access - Both the ground and second floor of the facility is Handicapped Accessible. There are no public restroom facilities in the Space Center itself but they are available at nearby locations in the Airport.
Parking - There is no special parking for the Onizuka Center. You will have to park in the public commercial parking lots at a fee of $1 for the first half hour (or fraction) and $1 for each hour (or fraction) thereafter with a $7 maximum for 24 hours. We do not validate parking.
Membership - The Friends of Onizuka Space Center provide special, non-transferable individual or family memberships that include free access to the Space Center for yearly membership fees. Individual $20 Family $35 There will be invitations to members-only and special events throughout the year.
Gift Shop - Space related specialty items. Proceeds from the Gift Shop go to support the operation of the Center.