Friends of the Institute for Astronomy
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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 explains asteroid
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 volunteer your talents to support IfA scientists and astronomy education. For example, you can help with public lectures, programs for community organizations, and the annual IfA Open House.
- To receive notices about public lectures and other events.
- To share astronomical interests with other members.
To become a Friend, all you need to do is submit your contact information.
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and indicate if you would like to receive information about volunteer opportunities. You will automatically receive notices about public lectures and events.
- Mail or fax your contact information to
Director's Office, Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822-1897
Director's Office fax line: 808 946-3467
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:
- Purchase a vehicle to transport an inflatable planetarium to schools
- Bring potential graduate students from all over the world to IfA for interviews
- Sponsor dinners for guest scientists and graduate students to interact
- Sponsor awards for outstanding research by graduate students
- Fund research activities not covered by grants
As a donor, you may have these opportunities:
- To meet IfA's prominent astronomers, who observe on the world's premier telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala
- To attend lectures to learn about the latest developments in astronomy and space missions
- To tour facilities at one of the world's top astronomical centers
- To participate in star parties and astronomy workshops
Learn More About the Friends
Find out more about Friends activities and membership:
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.