• Monthly Star Chart for Hawai`i, produced by the Institute for Astronomy
  • Institute For Astronomy
    The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) was founded at the University of Hawaii (UH) in 1967 to manage Haleakala and Maunakea Observatories, and to carry out its own program of fundamental research into the stars, planets and galaxies that make up our Universe. One of eleven research institutes within the University of Hawaii it has a total staff of over  300, including about 55 faculty.
  • Maunakea Observatories
    Hawaii is Earth's connecting point to the rest of the Universe.  The summit of Maunakea on the Island of Hawaii hosts the world's largest astronomical observatory, with 13 telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven countries. The combined light-gathering power of the telescopes on Maunakea is fifteen times greater than that of the Palomar telescope in California -- for many years the world's largest -- and sixty times greater than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee
    The Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee (MKAOC) coordinates and organizes the collective outreach efforts of the Maunakea Observatories, and acts as a forum for the observatories, related organizations and the Maunakea Visitor Information Station (MKVIS) to discuss outreach activities.
  • West Hawaii Astronomy Club
    The West Hawaii Astronomy Club is currently a non-affiliated group of interested astronomy enthusiasts who meet regularly, socialize, discuss the wonders of the cosmos, hold observing sessions & clinics, and generally promote the advancement of the hobby of astronomy on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • UHH Astrophysics Club 

    The University of Hawaii at Hilo Astrophysics Club (UAC) is a group of enthusiastic university students who meet periodically to discuss and explore astronomy.  They assist with community outreach and commonly participate in stargazing activites at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station to share their knowledge and passion with visitors.
  • Hosted by Dave Lawrence, HPR presents its weekly radio program discussing exciting astronomical events occurring locally as well as world-wide.  Additionally, Dave speaks with scientists, astronomers, and other astronomical illuminaries about current research and recent discoveries of note.


Free Nightly Stargazing

FREE Nightly Stargazing & Star Tours

Open to everyone! Every night of the year from 6pm - 10pm MKVIS conducts star tours and operates several telescopes for public viewing by our knowledgeable guides.
Learn More about our Stargazing Program »

Escorted Summit Tours

Every Sat. & Sun. Bring your 4WD vehicle and join our free summit tour caravan. Tours will go into at least one of the observatories.
Details of Escorted Summit Tours »

Volunteer Program

Learn about astronomy and Mauna Kea as a volunteer. No experience required.
Volunteer Positions at MKVIS »

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