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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.

Upcoming 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

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.


No events scheduled for the remainder of June.

Observatory Tours and Workshops

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.

Photo Gallery

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.

Cosmochemistry Laboratory's Ion Microprobe


Ion Microprobe

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 Computers

Ion Microprobe analyses tell scientists about the environment in which the compound was made,
giving clues about the conditions in the early Solar System.


Mauna Kea Observatories 2007 Workshop


Telescope Workshop with Klaus Hodapp

The MKO Summer 2007 Workshop included an explanation of telescopes by Klaus Hodapp.

Mauna Kea Shadow

Mauna Kea casts a shadow onto clouds. The MKO Tour participants enjoyed spectacular

Gemini Dome

The MKO Summer Workshop and Tour included a visit to Gemini Observatory.

Subaru Observatory

Summer workshop participants learned about the Subaru camera.


Haleakala Observatories 2008 Workshop


Optics Lab

Summer 2008 Haleakala workshop participants toured an optics lab at the IfA Pukalani facility.

Optics Lab

Paticipants heard about optics research and machine technology.

Mees Solar Observatory

A highlight of the workshop was a tour of the Mees Solar Observatory. Participants also toured
the Air Force satellite tracking facilities.

PanSTARRS Observatory

Workshop participants toured the Pan-STARRS 1 prototype and learned about observations
to detect near-Earth objects.


The summit provided beautiful sunset views.

View of Mauna Kea

The observatories on Mauna Kea were visible from the Haleakala summit.

Faulkes Clamshell Opening

Participants learned how the clamshell dome over the Faulkes telescope is opened and closed
for viewing.

Faulkes Telescope

Participants toured the Faulkes telescope before viewing on it after dark.

Moon over Faulkes

The crescent Moon shines over the Faulkes telescope.

Faulkes telescope observing

Participants enjoyed observing time on the Faulkes telescope to learn about the Dumbbell Nebula.


2009 IfA Open House


Open House 2009

Friends members get children excited about astronomy.

Open House 2009

A Friend answers an astronomy question.

Open House 2009

Astronomer Brent Tully answers a Friend's questions.

Open House 2009

Friends answer questions about scientists and research at IfA.



Mauna Kea Observatories 2009 Workshop


Meteorite Lecture

IfA astronomer Bo Reipurth explains what we can learn from meteorites.

Determining Solar System Distances

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.

Explaining Globular Cluster M13

Friends learn about globular cluster M13 that they will view through an eyepiece
on the IfA 88-inch telescope.

Globular Cluster Formation

IfA astronomer Roy Gal explains the formation and properties of globular clusters.