Commercial Tours and Filming

A commercial use permit is required for both commercial tours and filming.

Permitted Commercial Tour Companies »

If you don't want to drive up the mountain yourself, the following commercial tour operators have permits to conduct tours up Mauna Kea [more info]

Film Permits »

All individuals or groups wishing to film on Mauna Kea for the purpose of sale, video production, or television transmition MUST first acquire a permit from the Office of Mauna Kea Management and the State of Hawaii Film Office. Film activities include still photography, video, digital cameras, high definition digital recorders, etc. Fees may be assessed. [more info]

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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