CSO visitors are responsible for shipping their own items to and from the CSO telescope. Upon prior arrangement with the CSO manager, CSO staff may be able to transport moderate sized, non hazardous material from the Hilo office to the telescope. For return shipments, airbills and any other necessary paperwork must be completed and signed before departing CSO. Please complete the CSO shipping form and email or fax it to Diana as soon as possible.

Return shipments
  1. Pack and label all your boxes
  2. Have a description of the contents and approximate weight and dimensions of each piece
  3. Complete and sign an airbill for the carrier you will use
    The “shipping” binder at the HP office contains FedEx, UPS, and Lynden airbills
  4. If the boxes need transportation to the Hilo office, notify the day crew
  5. Fax or email CSO shipping form (see above) to Diana
  6. Confirm the pick up date and address with your freight carrier
    CSO office address
  7. Confirm all shipping details with Diana before you depart
Hazardous materials

Does your shipment contain materials such as compressed helium gas or other chemicals or gases? If so, it is essential to consult with your safety office and shipping department and to let them know what you are shipping. They can advise you about the necessary procedures for proper compliance with laws and regulations. It may be necessary for someone from your organization to be formally trained and certified in shipping hazardous materials. Failure to comply may result in legal action. It is also essential to contact the CSO manager well in advance of any such shipment.

Dry Ice

FedEx and UPS will accept shipments with dry ice. On your box, note the amount of dry ice along with the description of the contents. Mark the 'dry ice' box on a regular FedEx airbill. FedEx will put a dry ice label on the box. If there is less than 5 lbs of dry ice, a dangerous goods form is not required.


This list is for the convenience of visitors and does not constitute any endorsement by Caltech.

FedEx and UPS

for items up to 150 lbs

Lynden International Air Freight

for items over 150 lbs
CSO's local rep: Lisa Ann Williams, 808 871-7131
Main office: 800 352 3731

Conen Freight

for transport freight from the airport to the telescope
60 Kuhio St, Hilo HI
808 969 9341, fax: 808 934 0100

Airgas Gaspro

Sells dry ice and provides necessary hazardous material forms
Take a cooler to Airgas to hold the dry ice
525 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo 935 3341
73-5620 Kauhola St. Unit 7, Kona 329-7393 (close to Costco)