Mission, Vision, & Values


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


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



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.


Education/Learning – 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.