Saturday Night Programs
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.
On the fourth 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.