Our next meeting:

Tuesday, January 17th 2017

JJ’s Bistro

3447 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Note that JJ's is BYOB, but Tamura’s liquor store is right across the street.


Dr Alan Tokunaga

UH Institute for Astronomy


The Maunakea Thirty-Meter Telescope


The Thirty-Meter Telescope ("TMT") is the culmination of over 400 years of astronomical telescope development; when completed it will be the largest telescope in the northern hemisphere.


The TMT is a collaboration among scientists from the USA, Canada, Japan, China, and India and will undertake front-line studies of topics such as the origin of the Universe and the search for Earth-like planets. The proposed construction of this telescope on the summit of Maunakea is on hold pending the results of a contested case hearing.


Maui-born Dr. Tokunaga obtained his PhD at SUNY Stonybrook.  He is the former director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea and is a specialist in infrared astronomy and instrumentation.