IfA was founded at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) in 1967 to manage the Haleakalā Observatories on Maui and the Mauna Kea Observatories on the Big Island, and to carry out its own program of fundamental research into the stars, planets, and galaxies that make up our universe. It has a total staff of more than 300. Most staff are based at the IfA-Mānoa building on O‘ahu. Some are located on the neighbor islands, at the IfA-Hilo and IfA-Maui buildings. IfA is one of the world’s leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies and cosmology.
Donors have been key partners in IfA’s stellar trajectory and continue to be a crucial component, helping IfA reach new heights.
2014 highlights include:
Many of these programs were made possible by generous gifts from our supporters.
IfA has an incredible array of initiatives for 2015 – and you can be a part of them!
We also have a large portfolio of specific programs for which we are seeking significant support. If you would like to hear about these opportunities, or inquire about supporting a program that matches your interests, please contact: