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Telescopes and Observatories in Hawaii

Information about observatories, telescopes, and astronomical research stations in Hawaii, including those on the Big Island's Mauna Kea, Maui's Haleakala, and observatories on the islands of Kauai and Oahu.

Mauna Kea Observatory

Mauna Kea Observatory
This complex of telescopes is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, on top of 14,000 foot Mount Mauna Kea. This is the largest astronomical observatory in the world with telescopes operated by astronomers from the University of Hawaii, the California Institute of Technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institute, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Some of the Mauna Kea telescopes and observatories are: VISITOR INFORMATION: If you wish to visit the Mauna Kea Observatory you should contact the Visitor Information Station of the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, located at the 9,000 foot level on the Mauna Kea access road. You can also drive to the top on a steep unpaved road, but there a restrictions that must be observed by visitors and you will not be able to look through any telescopes.

Haleakala Observatory
This telescope complex is located on the island of Maui, about 10,000 feet above sea level, on top of Mount Haleakala, a volcano that is currently classified as Dormant. Haleakala telescopes and observatories include:

Note that is is not possible to visit the observatories and telescopes on top of Haleakala.

KEASA Observatory and Starwatching Group
The Kauai Educational Association for Science and Astronomy is an organization established in 1989 to provide activities and information to young people and adults on the island of Kauai who are interested in astronomy. The organization operates an observatory on the Pacific Missile Range Facility which is located in the town of Mana on the leeward side of the island. the group also meets for monthly starwatching sessions in Kaumakani.

Lanihuli Observatory
This radio observatory is located at Windward Community College in the town of Kaneohe on the east side of the island of Oahu. It receives radio noise bursts from Jupiter and the sun. The Windward College radio observatory is part of NASA's Radio Jove project.

Leeward College Observatory
An astronomical observatory used for research and education located at Leeward Community College in Pearl City on the south side of the island of Oahu.

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