Vision, Mission and Values


A world in which all humankind is inspired and united by the pursuit of knowledge of the infinite variety and richness of the Universe.


To advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries, inspiring the imagination of all.

Core Values

Safety - We hold as paramount the safety and health of observatory personnel and equipment and that of our natural environment.

Integrity - We, as individuals and as an organization, make promises carefully and keep them unequivocally.

Respect - We respect all human beings and treat them with dignity. We respect the unique natural and cultural environment that is Hawai’i.

Discovery - We honor and nurture discovery scientific, technical and personal. Discovery lies at the very heart of our mission.

Service - We proudly serve each other, our community and those who use the Keck Observatory telescopes, assuring that telescopes and instruments are fully operational for every night’s observing.

Cultural Values

- We encourage broad-based life-long learning and professional development for every member of the observatory staff.

Communication - We listen effectively and speak thoughtfully and honestly. True communication begins with careful listening.

Teamwork - We honor and encourage teamwork both within the observatory and the broad Keck Observatory community.

Rewarding Work Environment - We strive that all who work here are enriched and inspired by what we have together accomplished. A challenged, educated and appreciated staff will maximize the chances for breakthrough scientific discoveries.

Excellence - We carry out our mission with a commitment to excellence both in what we do and how we do it. We enourage and honor creativity, quality and initiative by all who work here.

Community Involvement - We involve ourselves in positive, meaningful and supportive interaction with our unique local community. We share the excitement of what we do and what we discover with all.