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Manoa Open House and Hilo AstroDay 2008

On April 27, IfA Manoa held its annual Open House. There were fun  and educational activities for children and fact-filled lectures for adults.

Larry Denneau and young Open House guest Galaxy Zoo

Above: Larry Denneau taught children and adults how to use free software to explore the solar system, while Lisa Kewley (in jester hat) fielded questions from those wishing to "Ask an Astronomer." Right: Steve and Megan Rodney explained how to sort galaxies at the Galaxy Zoo. Photos by Jimmy Heasley.



On May 3, 12,000 people attended the seventh annual AstroDay in Hilo. Over 50 exhibits, demonstrations, and activity areas were featured throughout Prince Kuhio Plaza. 

AstroDay Excellence in Teaching Award

The AstroDay Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes Hawaii Island K-12 teachers and university professors whose creativity and enthusiasm engage students in science curricula in exciting and meaningful ways. This year's recipient is Shellea Maeda-Hata of Keaau Middle School (second from left). Also pictured are the IfA's Kenyan Beals (left); Bob Williams, president  of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce; and Phoebe Lambeth, president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii. HICC, JCCIH, and Representative Clift Tsuji support the award. Photo by Gary Fujihara.