Observing at WMKO - Policies
VSQ Payment Procedures / Rate Information

Payment Procedures:

Reservations: Upon filling out the VSQ reservation request form, please note that we require a credit card prior to confirmation of lodging. If you have any questions please contact:  vsq@keck.hawaii.edu.

Billing: WMKO will no longer bill on account. Visiting observer's credit cards will be charged upon check out and a receipt will be emailed to you. Hale Pohaku stays will be charged the same; however any additional charges, such as additional meals or weather gear, will be charged upon receipt of billing from Mauna Kea Support Services. An itemized receipt will be emailed to you if additional charges are made to the credit card on file after departure.

Payments: Payments may be made in person in the form of a personal or institutional check if so agreed prior to arrival. WMKO accepts Diners, JCB, MasterCard, Visa and Amex.

Rate Information:

VSQ Rates for HQ observers (effective for August 15, 2022): is $125.00 per night inclusive of taxes (meals are the responsibility of the resident).

Hale Pohaku Room Rates for contractors and working colleagues (effective Jul 1, 2021): is $190.50 per night inclusive of taxes (includes three meals beginning with Dinner and ending with Lunch).

Meals costs for daily use: Breakfast $11.50, HP Lunch $13.75, Dinner $23.25, etc.

(Prices are subject to change without notice.)

Harassment-Free Workplace W.M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each employee has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, we expect that all relationships among employees and visitors will be business-like and free of explicit bias, prejudice and harassment. WMKO prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individualís race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, veteran or military status, sex (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, reproductive health decision, pregnancy (including childbirth or related conditions and lactation/ breastfeeding), marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, arrest and court records, credit history or credit report, status as a domestic or sexual violence victim, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws, regulations, and/or any executive order, except as allowed by law. Any abusive, intimidating, hostile, offensive, or other unwelcome verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct based on the preceding list towards any individual, may violate this policy.

This page last updated 2023, Feb 13 mc