Donors are invited to attend lectures and special events at both the Manoa and Hilo campuses. Donors receive invitations to receptions and other donors-only activities in connection with many of these events.
The IfA Special Events calendar lists upcoming events to which the public is invited, including events on Maui and the Big Island. If you would like to receive e-mail notices of these events, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following events are scheduled for 2011. Please note that times and events may change at any time. Other 2011 activities to which donors will receive invitations include an Adaptive Optics lab tour and programs about current research and developments in astronomy.
IfA offers tours of either the Mauna Kea Observatories and UH IfA Hilo facilities or the Haleakala Observatories and UH IfA Pukalani facilities. The purpose of the tours is to learn how astronomers do their research. As a donor you may receive an invitation to the tour. The workshops and tours are free, but participants pay for their own travel expenses and are charged a fee for group meals and snacks.
The IfA Colloquia calendar shows a complete listing of lectures by UH and visiting astronomers.
Peruse photos of Friends activities and special events:
For examples of current research by IfA scientists, including photos of today's sun, the solar system, stars and star formation, galaxies, cosmology, and instrumentation and observatories, please see the IfA images archive.
Friends members toured the Cosmochemistry Laboratory's Ion Microprobe, a specialized,
highly sensitive mass spectrometer to analyze meteorites, samples returned from space missions,
and other such compounds.
Ion Microprobe analyses tell scientists about the environment in which the compound was made,
giving clues about the conditions in the early Solar System.
The MKO Summer 2007 Workshop included an explanation of telescopes by Klaus Hodapp.
Mauna Kea casts a shadow onto clouds. The MKO Tour participants enjoyed spectacular
The MKO Summer Workshop and Tour included a visit to Gemini Observatory.
Summer workshop participants learned about the Subaru camera.
Summer 2008 Haleakala workshop participants toured an optics lab at the IfA Pukalani facility.
Paticipants heard about optics research and machine technology.
A highlight of the workshop was a tour of the Mees Solar Observatory. Participants also toured
the Air Force satellite tracking facilities.
Workshop participants toured the Pan-STARRS 1 prototype and learned about observations
to detect near-Earth objects.
The summit provided beautiful sunset views.
The observatories on Mauna Kea were visible from the Haleakala summit.
Participants learned how the clamshell dome over the Faulkes telescope is opened and closed
Participants toured the Faulkes telescope before viewing on it after dark.
The crescent Moon shines over the Faulkes telescope.
Participants enjoyed observing time on the Faulkes telescope to learn about the Dumbbell Nebula.
Friends members get children excited about astronomy.
A Friend answers an astronomy question.
Astronomer Brent Tully answers a Friend's questions.
Friends answer questions about scientists and research at IfA.
IfA astronomer Bo Reipurth explains what we can learn from meteorites.
Friends enjoyed laying out distances from the Sun to various planets.
Each sheet of tissue represented 5,000,000 miles. Pluto was at the end of an entire 1000-sheet roll.
Friends learn about globular cluster M13 that they will view through an eyepiece
on the IfA 88-inch telescope.
IfA astronomer Roy Gal explains the formation and properties of globular clusters.