UH Lead Team
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||Telescopes on Mauna Kea
||Summit map of Mauna Kea
||Mauna Kea Summit Information
||How to have a Safe Trip to the Summit of MKO
||Map of the big island of Hawaii
||Map of Hilo
||Map of Honolulu
||Map of the UH campus
||Reading Materials & Resources
The Program Schedule
- Winter School will be from January 10 - 21, 2005. The first week will
be held on Oahu, and then Saturday 1/15 we will fly as a group to Kona on
the big island, tour the island and end up in Hilo. Sunday 1/16 will be
the trip up to Mauna Kea. Sessions from 1/17-21 will be held in Hilo
at the Institute for Astronomy.
- The day will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. every
day. There may be some evening events too. Participation for all
events shall be expected. We will have the specific schedule events
ready by early December, and post this on the web.
- Plan to arrive no later than the 9th in Honolulu, and to depart on the
22nd from Honolulu. Any time prior to or after these dates will be personal
- We prefer all travel arrangements be made through John White at IfA
Travel (see attached) which we will pay for directly.
- If you are using alternative methods to arrange for travel, we
will still require a price quote from IfA Travel.
- To facilitate the process for everyone, we prefer to pre-pay
for your airfare. Reimbursements will be processed after your travel
has been completed. Original receipts will be required.
- A WH-1 form must be completed for reimbursements. Please
complete the form, fax an advanced copy and mail the original to Michele
Sonoda (Astrobiology Assistant
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Food and Lodging
Hotel accommodations, ground transportation, lunches and the
inter-island flight will be handled by us. You will be given a fixed
reimbursement for breakfasts and dinners. We will have coffee breaks
during the winter school sessions.
We are awaiting confirmation if rooms at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Waikiki are available and hotel rates may be extended for the personal
portion of your trips on Oahu. Will update you as information is =
The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel will extend it's conference rate for
extended stays and there are currently rooms available.
If the hotel used for the Winter School participants does not have
available rooms, then John White at IfA Travel can help you with finding
What to Bring
hile weather in the winter can often be very nice, it is the time of
the year when we can get a lot of rain. Rains, especially in Hilo can
be intense (in the Hilo area over 210 inches of rain fell in 1990!)
Say time temperatures at sea level are in the mid 70's to low 80'sF
(21-26C), and nighttime temperatures 60-70F (15-21). At the higher
elevations near volcano on the big island, it can be cooler and often
there is a light rain. The summit of Mauna Kea can be much colder as
it is at an elevation of nearly 14,000 ft (4260m).
- Clothing for warmer weather
- Warmer clothes for air conditioned classrooms, and for higher elevations
- Swim suit
- sunglasses / sunscreen
- umbrella or raincoat
- laptop computer would be useful (but not required)