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From the Director

Dear Friends of the Institute for Astronomy,

On September 14, we dedicated the new IfA building on Maui, which is named Maikalani and also called the Advanced Technology Research Center. Finally, the IfA has a building on Maui that is equivalent to the ones in Hilo and Manoa.

I want to thank all the community and university dignitaries who joined us on this happy occasion: Kahu Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr. for blessing the building and all who will use it; Mayor Charmaine Tavares, who has strongly supported education and high technology on Maui; Senator Roslyn Baker, who has given us important long-term support as chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee; UH Vice Chancellor for Research Gary Ostrander; and UH Regent Marlene Hapai, whose remarks at the dedication reminded us of the close ties between modern astronomy and the Polynesian wayfinders who were the first settlers of these islands. She quoted Queen Liliuokalani, who said, "The ancient Hawaiians were astronomers."

I also want to thank those at IfA who worked so hard to make this building a reality, especially Mike Maberry, our assistant director for external affairs, and Jeff Kuhn, the associate director for Maui. It took a great deal of both persistence and patience to bring this about. Finally, I want to thank astronomer Paul Coleman for finding the name "Maikalani," which literally means "from the heavens" but also has the cultural meaning "things we gain from the cosmos." There couldn't be a more appropriate name for our new building.

This building will give us capabilities on Maui that we've never had before, and it will also enable us to interact more with the Maui community. The open house held on September 14 was just the beginning of that. We look forward to supporting a regular series of public lectures and other activities for the community.

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Director, Institute for Astronomy


IfA Maui will now have its own lecture series, the UH/IfA Maui Maikalani Community Lectures. The first will take place on Friday, October 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the new IfA Maui building, Maikalani, in Pukalani. Dr. Joe Ritter's topic will be "Asteroid and Comet Impacts." For more information, see the press release.



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