Kama‘āina Observatory Experience 

**Must be a Hawaii resident and show your Hawaii state ID card or Hawaii drivers license prior to the tour**

The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience, presented by Maunakea Observatories and ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, is a free monthly community event that seeks to inspire a passion for astronomy and an appreciation for the cultural and environmental future of Maunakea among Hawai‘i residents.
For the first time in the 50-year history of astronomy on Maunakea, the Kama‘āina Observatory Experience will provide local residents with an opportunity to visit the summit, see world-class telescopes, and learn about the mountain in a holistic manner.

Tours will be available every third Saturday of the month for individuals 16 and older with a valid Hawai‘i ID. You will need to show your Hawaii state ID or Hawaii drivers license on the day of the tour. There are 24 available reservations per tour date.

Reservations are required and will be available on a first come, first served basis. The maximum group size per reservation is 2 people. All must be Hawai‘i residents.

Tour Dates

December 10th– W.M. Keck Observatory & Submillimeter Array SMA (note- this is the 2nd Saturday.)


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Participating Maunakea Observatories in the program will include the Canada-France-Hawaii TelescopeGemini Observatory, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (EAO), NASA Infrared Telescope FacilitySubaru TelescopeSubmillimeter Array, the W.M. Keck Observatory, and in the future, the Thirty Meter Telescope.

The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience was introduced in October 2015 during a speech by President Barack Obama at the White House Astronomy Night in Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact KOE@Imiloahawaii.org.