The Observatory Headquarters is an architecture-award-winning facility located on a 7-acre campus in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii. The land for our headquarters was donated by Parker Ranch.
Named by the 2000 Robb Report as one of the 10 most desirable places to live in the country, Kamuela is a charming town of 6,000; it sits 2,500 feet above sea level and offers a peaceful, rural lifestyle, a benign climate, excellent schools, and freedom from the frenetic pace so characteristic of much of the mainland United States.
About 125 people work full-time at Keck, of which two-thirds were hired from Hawaii. With an annual operating budget of $11 million, the Observatory is one of the town’s largest employers.