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The Friends of the Institute for Astronomy (FIfA) foster community involvement and develop private funding resources in order to support the people, advance the research, promote astronomy education and public outreach, and enhance the activities of the Institute.
Astronaut Ed Lu

Astronaut Ed Lu explains asteroid
gravity tractors to Friends members.

Some of the most exciting science in the world is happening at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and you can be part of it! IfA scientists conduct research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the Sun, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Hawaii. We invite you to become part of the Friends and explore our amazing universe. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Become a Friend

Friends have these opportunities:

To become a Friend, all you need to do is submit your contact information.

Become a Donor

We encourage all Friends to become donors to support education and research at IfA. In the past donations have gone to support the following:

As a donor, you may have these opportunities:

Learn More About the Friends

Find out more about Friends activities and membership:

IfA Open House

A Friend answers a question at the annual IfA Open House .

Read the IfA Newsletter

The IfA publishes a newsletter with articles about the current research projects of IfA astronomers and engineers, as well as a list of astronomy events on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island that are open to the public. The newsletter also includes a column about Friends activities.