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Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe: How Do We Gather Astronomy Data?

Join us for a social and presentation to learn about the work of CFH Telescope, how data is gathered, and a day in the life of an astronomer.

Note: This event is best suited for adults 21+


  • 5:00 PM – Doors open, networking, light pupus, and refreshments
  • 5:30 PM – Presentation and Q&A
  • 6:15 PM – Networking
  • 7:00 PM – Pau

What to expect

  • Learn about the work of Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope and how data is gathered and hear about a day in the life of an astronomer
  • Hear from Mary Beth Laychek, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, on her work at CFHT
  • Go beyond the beaches and learn about Hawaiʻi Island’s fascinating realms of diverse geographies, climates, and the rich culture of innovation, science, and engineering that thrive here!
  • Meet and network with visitors and community members interested in shaping a resilient and sustainable future for Hawai‘i Island
  • Enjoy light pupus as well as a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks

About Canada-France-Hawaiʻi-Telescope

Operational since 1979, the Canada-France-Hawaii observatory hosts a world-class, 3.6-metre optical/infrared telescope. Its headquarters are in Waimea, Hawaiʻi, and the observatory itself is located on the summit ridge of Maunakea at an altitude of 13,793 feet, part of the Mauna Kea Observatory.


About Mary Beth Laycheck

Mary Beth is the Director of Strategic Communications for Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope and has extensive experience in communications strategy, public relations and project management. She is a collaborative leader who connects organizations to effectively achieve their common goals. Mary Beth has also served at many local schools in North Hawaiʻi and regularly partners with school administrators and teachers to enhance student learning and achievement. Mary Beth has a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and a master’s degree in education.

About the Island Science Lecture Series

The Island Science Lecture Series is a collaboration between the Hawaii Keiki Museum, Startup Hawaiʻi, and the Kona Science Cafe thanks to the generous support of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority. Through a series of events, visitors and residents will be encouraged to “go beyond the beaches” and explore Hawaiʻi Island’s living laboratory of unique and diverse geographies and climates.

Experience the spirit of aloha, and venture into the world of science and innovation as we showcase the remarkable achievements of local pioneers in various fields. From astronomy to agriculture, witness how our island’s innovators have made a global impact and contributed to the advancement of knowledge. Whether you’re a local resident or a curious traveler, these lectures are a gateway to discover the thriving ecosystems that call our island their home, and gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between nature and human impact.

Events will take place once a month, starting July 2023 and running through December 2023. Events will focus on exploring the science, engineering, technology, and cultural aspects of Hawaiʻi Island. The Lecture Series will facilitate critical and meaningful interactions, collaboration, and networking across the scientific, business, and visitor communities.

Join us in celebrating the uniqueness and brilliance of Hawaiʻi Island.

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