Visiting Maunakea

Maunakea attracts thousands of visitors and astronomers every year. Maunakea's altitude and isolation in the middle of the Pacific ocean make it an ideal location for astronomical observation. Currently there are 13 independent multi-national astronomical research facilities located on the summit. While the summit is open to the public, the summit telescope facilities are closed to visitors. Visitors will frequently ascend the summit to watch the sunset, then return to the Maunakea Visitor Information Station for free nightly star gazing with public telescopes operated by knowlegable star-guides. The Visitor Information Station also hosts special Saturday night presentations on astronomy and culture. Browse this section to learn more about what you can experience and expect on your visit to Maunakea!

Printable brochure on "Visiting Maunakea Safely and Responsibly" (includes map of Summit road and trail)


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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