Other UH Astronomy Activities

Although the IfA is by far the largest astronomy organization at the University of Hawai‘i, astronomy education and research is conducted at several other university departments. We have colleagues in the following organizations:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Mānoa operates a separate physics graduate program and has vigorous research groups with particular emphases on particle astrophysics, elementary particle physics, nanoscience and free electron lasers. The particle astrophysics group is involved in several neutrino detection experiments, including ANITA (the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna), GLUE (the Goldstone Lunar Ultra-high energy neutrino Experiment), KamLAND (the Kamioka Liquid scintillator Anti-Neutrino Detector), SALSA (the Saltdome Shower Array), SuperKamiokande, the Japanese  subterranean neutrino laboratory which has provided the first convincing evidence for neutrino mass, and K2K, the long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment.

UH NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI)

The UHNAI is managed by the Institute for Astronomy but staffed by scientists from several different UH Mānoa departments and research institutes. It conducts multi-disciplinary research into the presence and role of water in planetary systems and their impolications for the potential discovery of extraterrestial organisms.

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at UH Mānoa includes an interstellar chemistry group that undertakes theoretical and experimental research into reaction dynamics under interstellar and planetary conditions.

Hawai‘i Institute for Geophysics & Planetology

The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology undertakes research on planetary geosciences and uses remote-sensing techniques for both terrestrial and solar system studies. They also operate the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) and are responsible for managing the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo offers an undergraduate degree in astronomy. Several of its faculty are also involved in stellar and extragalactic research.

Community Colleges

All the community colleges in the University of Hawai‘i system offer introductory astronomy courses.

Hawai‘i Island

Hawai‘i Community College, contact Bernhard Laurich


Honolulu Community College, contact Mark Schindler
Kapiolani Community College
, contact John Rand
Leeward Community College, contact Kakkala Mohanan 
Windward Community College, contact Joe Ciotti


Maui Community College, contact John Pye


Kauai Community College,  contact Michael W. Hannawald


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