Saturday Night Programs

The Universe Tonight

On the first Saturday of the month, the Visitor Information Station (VIS) hosts The Universe Tonight, a special presentation on the current research and discoveries occurring on Maunakea. The presentation begins at 6:00 PM and is followed by the regular stargazing program at the VIS.

 

U.H. Hilo Astrophysics Club

On the second Saturday of each month during the school year, the Astrophysics Club at the University of Hawaii at Hilo hosts the nightly stargazing program at the VIS. The students set up the telescopes, conduct a stargazing tour, and assist visitors to discover and observe many night-time objects of interest.  The students that partake in this club are mainly aspiring astronomers actively involved in the cutting edge of astronomy with the faculty at the local university.

 

Culture Night - Malalo o Ka Po Lani

On the third Saturday of the month, the VIS hosts Malalo o ka Po Lani, a special presentation covering cultural components that surround Mauna O Wakea. The presentation begins at 6:00 PM and is followed by the regular evening stargazing program.  Each month features a different speaker from the community who will speak about Mauna O Wakea from a cultural perspective.

Click here to view past and future culture program events.

 


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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