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Rolf-Peter Kudritzki

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From the Director

Dear Friends of Hawaii Astronomy,

In its thirty-four years of existence, the Institute for Astronomy has become the most visible of the University of Hawaii's scientific research programs, and one of the most respected (and watched) astronomical institutions in the world. It is fair to say that the rapid growth and international complexity of the astronomy observatories in Hawaii is unprecedented in the history of astronomy.

The potential of this unique constellation for the University and the State of Hawaii is obvious. Astronomy is an intellectually and emotionally fascinating science with enormous visibility in the modern media. This big experimental science operates at the edge of technical feasibility, and deals with all the important aspects of modern high-tech development. For a medium-size state university such as UH, an internationally top-ranked, highly respected astronomy program is a fundamental pillar of academic excellence.

For a small state, engagement and leadership in the most visible, largest endeavor of high-tech science is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that the paradise of the Pacific has more to offer than tourism. In addition, hosting the operations and the development of the world's leading astronomical facilities creates an engine for economic growth in clean, high-tech enterprises, something very important in view of the State's present economic situation. Let us work together to use this enormous potential and to develop the future of astronomy in Hawaii, a future of coexistence and mutual respect between cultural heritage, ecology, and science.


Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Institute for Astronomy

Visiting Mauna Kea

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station at Hale Pohaku (9,300-foot level of Mauna Kea) is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Center hosts public stargazing nightly. Mauna Kea summit tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays. In advance of any visit to Mauna Kea, please call (808) 961-2180 or go to the Web site:



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