Kama‘āina Observatory Experience 

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.

The Kama‘āina Observatory Experience is free and open to Hawai‘i residents. Tours will be available every third Saturday of the month for individuals 16 and older with a valid Hawai‘i ID. 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

August 27th– James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (EAO) & Gemini Observatory  (note- this is the 4th Saturday due to some scheduling conflicts)
September 17th– M.W. Keck Observatory & NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF)
October 15th– Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope & James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (EAO)
November 19th– Gemini Observatory & Subaru Telescope
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.