Donations At Work

Donations At Work

Keck Next
Advanced instrumentation fund
Beyond offering the largest light collection mirrors on the planet, it is in imaginative instrumentation that Keck will maintain leadership. Investing helps bring next-generation instrumentation to the Keck astronomy community.

Director's Fund
Discretionary fund for projects of opportunity
Astronomical discovery continues to reveal breakthrough knowledge on Cosmology, often with unanticipated opportunities. Investment in this fund helps address immediate needs for new research tools and systems to take advantage of these opportunities.

Rising Stars
Education programs supported by Keck
Investment in Rising Stars helps provide many ways to attract young people to scientific and technical pursuits including intensive mentoring and internship programs.

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The 2016 Evenings with Astronomers Season on the Big Island has just ended. Please click here to see what you missed.

Public Events

The 2015-16 El Niño: Wind on the Water and the Weather on Mauna Kea
In 2015, the global wind machine fired up record numbers of powerful hurricanes in the central Pacific, with several making close passes to the Island…
THURSDAY MAY 19, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Honoka'a People's Theatre
Life in the Universe: The Science of Astrobiology
Is life common in the universe, or rare? Humans have pondered this question for millennia. Today we are privileged to be able to bring…
WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, Gates Performing Arts Center
Astronomy Talk: Where We Came From — How Solar Systems Form
Where We Came From — How Solar Systems FormHow common are Earths? Unknown just a generation ago, more than 2,000 planets have been discovered orbiting other…
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Honoka`a Peoples's Theatre
Astronomy Talk: ​Manu ʻImiloa – Modern & Ancient Ways of Navigating our Universe
A Hilo native born in Keaukaha and raised in Panaʻewa, Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o is an Educate Associate and the Outreach Coordinator of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center…
FRIDAY AUGUST 28, 2015 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM • Kahilu Theatre
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Keck Associates provide philanthropic contributions annually to address immediate needs identified by the Observatory as critical to the fulfillment of our strategic goals. The Associates enjoy special access to Keck Observatory advancement programs. Our signature program is Evenings with Astronomers, a premier lecture series that takes place between January and April. Coming in 2016, Evenings with Astronomers will be held on Hawaii Island, and at three new locations - San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu. From time to time, the Observatory hosts other special events for the Associates and Major Donors to keep them informed of the impact their philanthropy is making at the frontiers of astronomical research and innovation.


Other Ways to Participate


Interested in becoming a part of the team of individuals who make up Keck Observatory? To find out how you can donate your time and talents to Keck Observatory, please contact Joan Campbell at the link below.

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Keck Supernovae Society

Supernovae Society honors individuals who have chosen to support the frontiers of discovery by including the W. M. Keck Observatory in their estate plans, thus ensuring exceptional achievement will shine brightly into the future.

Learn more about Keck Supernovae Society