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Students and faculty on the Maunakea Summit

Two Maunakea Scholars from Honokaʻa High School—Hokulani Sanchez and Keilani Steele—will be the next featured presenters in the Maunakea Speaker Series on June 15, 7 p.m. at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center’s Planetarium. These outstanding students received telescope time on the Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope (CFHT) to observe dark nebulae and study the connection of star formations in our galaxy.

CFHT Director Doug Simons and Outreach Manager Mary Beth Laychak will round out the presentation with details about the past, present and future of this unique education program.

Students and faculty on the Maunakea Summit.

The Maunakea Scholars program, led by Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope (CFHT), is a partnership between the Maunakea Observatories, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education and University of Hawaiʻi. This innovative program is designed to bring aspiring young astronomers into the observatory community by awarding observing time on world-class telescopes to Hawaiʻi high school students so they can pursue research of their own design and inspiration.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

About the Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawaiʻi. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

For more information visit The Office of Maunakea Management or call (808) 933-0734.

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