Governor Lingle Proclaims April 18-24 Astronomy Week in Hawaii

University of Hawaiʻi
Karen Rehbock, (808) 956-8566
Institute for Astronomy
Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, (808) 956-8566
Institute for Astronomy
Posted: Apr 16, 2004

Governor Linda Lingle has signed a Proclamation declaring April 18-24, 2004 to be "Astronomy Week in Hawaii" in recognition of the fact that "the science of astronomy investigates the deepest mysteries of the universe and provides humankind with answers to fundamental questions about the origin and fate of the universe and our place in it."

University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Director Rolf-Peter Kudritzki said that "Governor Lingle's Proclamation is very much appreciated. We are pleased that Governor Lingle has shown her support of astronomy in this manner. The scientists who work at our mountain-top observatories are the best in the world. The Governor's support of their efforts to further the understanding of our universe shows her foresightedness and understanding about the future of Hawaii and that of our planet Earth."

The Governor's Proclamation stated, in particular, that "the summits of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii and Haleakala on the Island of Maui are home to the most advanced ground-based astronomical observatories in the world, with scientists from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and abroad producing cutting-edge research" and extended "appreciation for the insights to be offered about the universe and to recognize the importance of astronomy on Mauna Kea and Haleakala to the well-being of the state."

A series of free public events designed to share the wonders of Hawaii's night sky activities have been planned for our residents and visitors alike. The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy will launch Astronomy Week by holding an Open House at its Manoa Headquarters from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 18.

The Bishop Museum, in cooperation with the Institute for Astronomy, will offer a public lecture at the Museum on April 21.

Astronomy Week will culminate at Astronomy Day on April 21 in Hilo with an activity-filled "AstroDay 2K4" at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. AstroDay 2K4 in Hilo is one of six national events to receive support from Astronomy Magazine and Meade Instruments Corporation in "bringing astronomy to the people" by offering exhibits, lectures, hands-on activities, prizes for children and much more.

Also planned is the unveiling of the Victoria Ward StarLab Planetarium at Ward Warehouse and evening stargazing events hosted by the Hawaiian Astronomical Society at Kahala and Waikele, all on Oahu.

Dr. Kudritzki said that "I find it personally gratifying to be able to share our astronomy research with the citizens of Hawaii by holding public events such as what is being offered in Hawaii during Astronomy Week."

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