Kama‘āina Observatory Experience 

**To register, you must be a Hawai’i resident who currently has a valid Hawai’i Drivers License or Hawai’i State ID. All registered participants must show their Hawaii ID cards at the beginning of 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.

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.



2019 Tour Dates:


April 20th – Canada France Hawai’i and Gemini

May 18th – Subaru and East Asian Observatory

June 15th – Keck and Submillimeter Array

July 20th – Canada France Hawai’i and Gemini

August 17th – Subaru and East Asian Observatory

September 15th – Keck and NASA Infrared Telescope

October 19th – Canada France Hawai’i and Gemini

November 16th – Subaru and East Asian Observatory

December 14th (Second Saturday) – Keck and Submillimeter Array


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.

Click here for Registration Information

For questions, please email imiloa.koe@hawaii.edu