The Big Island of Hawaii is the ideal location for experiencing the air and space sciences. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. Standing 4,207 m above sea level, it is one of the only places in the world where you can drive from sea level to 14,000 feet in about 2 hours.
Stargazing at an altitude of 9,500’ with near perfect darkness reveal astronomical sites never before witnessed.
The Subaru Telescope is the 8.2-meter (320 in) flagship telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, located at the Mauna Kea Observatory on Hawaii. It is named after the open star cluster known in English as the Pleiades. It had the largest monolithic primary mirror in the world from its commission until 2005.
After touring this magnificent telescope, the students are briefed on the latest research being generated by researchers there.
Students have opportunities to learn about Earth's atmosphere, about climate, and astronomy. They visit observatories and the centers where astronomers and climate scientists work and will learn how scientists study concentrations of substances in our atmosphere.
At the National Weather Service students learn the basics of predictive meteorology and observe a weather balloon launch.
The students see alternate energy development in action and gain a better understanding of climate change and be better prepared to participate in the solutions to positively shape our world.
Imiloa Astronomy Center features exhibits and shows dealing with Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy, and the overlap between the two.
Moving from the ancient to the modern and into the future, the students try their hand at building and launching model rockets, making soft landings, Mars rover races, and the Marsbound Game.
Some areas of Hawai’i look like paradise. Other areas of the island look like Mars. For our students it is both!