Presentation to highlight projects of 2018 Maunakea Scholars

The July installment of the Maunakea Speaker Series is slated for 7 p.m. today at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The presentation will be given by Ronny Whitter from Kapolei High School, JC Dumaslan from Waipahu High School and Mary Beth Laychak and Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.


The students will share the results of their 2018 Maunakea Scholars projects into hot stars and dark matter. Simons and Laychak round out the presentation with program updates, including the exciting announcement of the 2019 Hokuala Scholarship recipient.

The Maunakea Scholars program, led by CFHT, is a partnership among the Maunakea Observatories, state Department of Education and University of Hawaii.

The program is designed to bring aspiring young astronomers into the observatory community by awarding observing time on world-class telescopes to Hawaii high school students so they can pursue research of their own design and inspiration.

Everyone is invited to attend the free presentation.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo. Parking is free.


The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the UH-Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy.

This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Big Island.

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