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Subaru Telescope Helps Fund Career Pathways for Hawaiʻi's Keiki

May 25, 2018

Subaru Telescope is the latest observatory to join the hui of Maunakea Observatories that have contributed to the Maunakea Fund at Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF). The Maunakea Fund, which supports scientific, cultural and environmental programs that represent vital interest areas for the shared future of Maunakea, expands educational opportunities for local keiki interested in STEM careers. To date, a total of $250,000 has been contributed to the fund.


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Figure: Subaru Telescope funds "MANU ʻImiloa," a mobile outreach program for culture-based science education. (Credit: ʻImiloa Astronomy Center)


"The future of Maunakea depends on celebrating and unifying science, culture and environmental resources. When all of these interests flourish, all of Hawaiʻi's people will benefit," said Kaʻiu Kimura, executive director, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. MANU ʻImiloa: The Geometry of Wayfinding is one of the 2017 grant recipients of the Maunakea Fund. "We are grateful to join the observatories, organizations and individuals committed to creating a shared vision for Maunakea."

Since its inception in 2016, the fund has helped sponsor numerous island-based grant programs through HCF, most recently to increase career connected education on Hawaiʻi Island. The fund is a collaboration between the Maunakea Observatories and the broader community to create a sustainable legacy for Maunakea that inspires future generations to grow through education, community engagement and cultural values.

"We are thrilled to join the Maunakea Fund," said Michitoshi Yoshida, Director of Subaru Telescope. "We have a shared responsibility to help Maunakea thrive and we look forward to continuing to make a difference for Maunakea's future."

Subaru Telescope and Long Baseline Observatory join Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (EAO), Gemini International Observatory and NASA Infrared Telescope Facility as partners in the Maunakea Fund. The Maunakea Observatories partner in a variety of ways to promote a unifying vision for the betterment of Maunakea, the community and the future of Hawaiʻi.

To learn more about the Maunakea Fund at HCF, visit http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maunakea-fund.




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