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Introduction

Kenyan Beals grew up in Hilo. After earning a degree in business administration from UHH, he pursued a career in the food and beverage industry. Four years after graduating he felt the need to change his direction and try something new, which is when he was fortunate enough to get a position at the Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Mauna Kea. It was there where he found a new focus, Mauna Kea and everything that surrounded such an amazing place. Beals, an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman has roamed the slopes of Mauna Kea since he was 10 years old. The mountain, in fact, is a daily presence in his life as Beals presently makes his home in Kaumana “So the mountain, literally, is my backyard,” he says.

After four years of being an interpretive guide and then two years of being a Mauna Kea ranger, once again it was time to expand his opportunities. Kenyan now works at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in the Science and Education Public Outreach department. It is here that he hopes to be able to help people become aware of the all the things that Mauna Kea, Astronomy, and the University of Hawaii have to offer.

After gaining more of an appreciation and much more enthusiasm for astronomy while working at the VIS, Kenyan is now able to offer stargazing presentations to groups all over the island. Educating people on the stars, planets, constellations, mythology, and deep-space objects has become one of the programs that he is able to offer. His tours of Mauna Kea are intended to create a well balanced learning experience to include culture, ecology, geology, and of course astronomy on Mauna Kea.


Kenyan helps to facilitate and organize these various activities with the assistance of Callie McNew and the guidance of Gary Fujihara. If you are interested in any of the programs that UH-IfA can offer you or your group please contact Kenyan at (808)932-2382 or email Kenyan@ifa dot Hawaii dot edu.
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