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 2017 Evenings with Astronomers Season on the Big Island has just ended. Please click here to see what you missed.

Public Events

The Science Behind the Movie Interstellar with Nobel Prize Winner Kip Thorne
Theoretical astrophysicist Kip Thorne, 2017 Nobel Physics Prize Laureate, Executive Producer of Interstellar, Caltech Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, Co-founder of the Laser Interferometer…
FRIDAY JANUARY 5, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii - Hale Hoaloha Pavilion
Keck Observatory Open House 2017
You’re invited! Come join us as we open the doors of our Waimea Headquarters to the community for a fun, family-friendly event filled with cosmic activities…
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM • WAIMEA HEADQUARTERS: 65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela HI 96743
Waimea Solar System Walk
These stuffed plush celestial buddies at Canada France Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT), in partnership with W. M. Keck Observatory and University of Hawaii Institute for…
SATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM • Start at Keck Observatory Headquarters: 65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela HI 96743; End at CFHT: 65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela HI 96743
Black Holes' Last Tango in Space: LIGO and the Dawn of Gravitational-wave Astronomy
Guest Speaker: David Reitze, Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyASTRONOMY TALK | The first direct detections of gravitational waves in late 2015 were made possible by…
THURSDAY AUGUST 10, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM • Gates Performing Arts Center, HPA Campus
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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 Shelly Pelfrey 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