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 over 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.