Group, Military and Research visits

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

Special Requests & Group Visits »

Groups are defined as more than  10 people from one organization  wishing to visit Mauna Kea.  All group visits require an approved  Special Request Form  prior to their visit.  Larger groups shall not be split up into smaller numbers to circumvent any requirements. [more info]

Military Group Visits »

Military groups require special permission and must follow specific rules. [more info]

Research Visits »

Anyone considering conducting scientific research will require permission from the Office of Mauna Kea Management at 808-933-0734 or email at  omkm@hawaii.edu .   [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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