Also known as Mauna O Wakea, or Mountain of the Sky Father, Mauna Kea, the White Mountain is an important cultural site.
Visiting Mauna Kea Observatories
Atop the island’s highest mountain, leading scientists from around the world have been conducting crucial research into the stars. Mauna Kea is crowned with multinational research facilities and observatories, studying the origins of the universe, and tracking unknown objects in the night sky. On a still awe-inspiring, but smaller scale, the Mauna Kea stargazing tour provides visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the island and the night sky from an unreal vantage point.
More than 11 countries, non-profit institutions, and scientific cooperatives have established, funded, and maintained 13 telescopes atop Mauna Kea.