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Press Release:

April 21, 2004


Mrs. Karen Rehbock
(808) 956-8566

Dr. Paul Coleman

Institute for Astronomy
Director's office
2680 Woodlawn Drive Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-8566
Fax: (808) 946-3467

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Public Lecture

Dr. Paul Coleman (Institute for Astronomy)

"Kanaka Maoli Astronomy: Then and Now"

Bishop Museum, Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 7 p.m., Atherton Halau


The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is pleased to announce that they are co-sponsoring, together with the Bishop Museum, a public talk entitled "KANAKA MAOLI ASTRONOMY: THEN AND NOW". The talk, which is about Hawaiian Astronomy, will be given by IfA faculty member Dr. Paul Coleman. It is one of several special events that have been planned to celebrate "Astronomy Week in Hawaii" which began on Sunday April 18 with an Open House at the Institute for Astronomy and ends on Saturday April 24 at AstroDay 2K4 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

The talk will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 21, 2004 in the Atherton Halau at the Bishop Museum. Prior to the talk the Bishop Museum will run Planetarium shows beginning at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the talk.

Dr. Coleman, will speak about the ancient, as well as modern, Hawaiian traditions concerning astronomy in Hawaii. He will also talk about the history of European astronomy in Hawaii beginning with Captain James Cook, who visited our islands to observe the transit of Venus.

Dr. Coleman, who is a native Hawaiian, was born on Oahu and is a graduate of St. Louis High School. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, while working for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. After receiving his doctorate he was a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech. He then accepted a position at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands, spending eight years there on the scientific staff. He then returned to the United States and held successive appointments at New Mexico Tech, Yale University, and the University of Puerto Rico before accepting his present position as an Associate Astronomer at the UH Institute for Astronomy. Dr. Coleman's research interests are in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Being kanaka maoli, he also has a natural interest in all things Hawaiian, with particular focus on astronomy. 

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Origins of Astronomy in Hawai`i



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