2008 ASP Annual Award Recipients
Cumbres Amateur Outreach
University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
For his work in advancing science literacy, the ASP is proud to present Gary Fujihara with the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award for outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public.
Gary is the Science Education and Public Outreach officer for the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. He spends much of his spare time providing informal education to the general public, and is a JPL/NASA Solar System Ambassador. He draws on his experiences in the musical and graphic arts, software development, and as a former telescope operator for Japan's Subaru Telescope. His programs include lectures, hands-on education, and amateur telescope observing. It’s a blend of cutting-edge science and ancient Hawaiian culture.
AstroDay, established in 2002, is Gary's signature amateur event held on the Big Island of Hawaii. This free, award-winning celebration of astronomy and science draws more than 10,000 people each year. They come to see exhibits and learn directly from professional researchers, science educators, and amateur astronomers. AstroDay educates the public about astronomy, space science, the sacred connection of Mauna Kea, and the importance and impact of astronomy in Hawaiian culture.
It was Gary Fujihara's hope that his work in outreach would inspire local youth to pursue an education and career in science and astronomy while sustaining Hawaii's rich cultural heritage. But his influence extends far beyond the islands to everyone who has been enriched by his enthusiastic teaching style.