Hawaii Attractions, W.M. Keck Observatory

Hawaii Attractions | W.M. Keck Observatory

The work being done at this Big Island Attraction could change the world. Stop by the Keck Observatory during your next visit.

65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway Kamueala, HI 96743

The fascinating work being done at the W.M. Keck Observatory attracts the attention not only of astronomers and other scientists, but of all those who are interested about the far-reaching impact of their possible discoveries.

About W.M. Keck Observatory:
This Hawaii Attraction is home to some of the largest telescopes in the world. They sit at the top of the dormant Mauna Kea volcano and provide a look into the heavens. There are a number of ways to explore this Big Island Attraction.

The first is to visit the W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters. Volunteers are on duty to show you models of the telescopes, and you’ll have the chance to see images captured by these impressive machines. The volunteers can answer any questions you may have as you explore parts of the 7-acre campus and the visually stunning building.

Another option is to visit the summit of Mauna Kea. There are no tours offered to this part of the Hawaii Attraction, but you can reach the 14,000-foot top of the volcano in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Once there, you will find a visitors gallery that houses information about research, as well as facilities such as restrooms. You can also stop by the visitor’s area where you can catch a glimpse of one of the telescopes.

For those who like the details: The telescopes are twin Keck telescopes. Each one is an astonishing 8 stories tall and weighs 300 tons. The primary mirrors are a diameter of 10 meters, and the telescopes operate with nanometer precision.

Add a visit to this interesting Big Island Attraction to your itinerary during your next visit to the Island of Hawaii.

Monday through Friday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitor Gallery at Summit of Mauna Kea
Monday through Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.