University Research Park

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Research Park contains many high tech and informational facilities.

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Facility

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) is a cutting-edge facility for astronomical research and instrumentation development. It is simultaneously one of the world's premier submillimeter telescopes and one of the easiest to use. It consists of a 10.4-meter diameter Leighton radio dish situated in a compact dome near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi. The telescope is operated by Caltech under a contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has been operating on a regular basis since 1988. It is open to the astronomical community, with most of the observing time available for non-Caltech observers. Smithsonia base facility.

Contact information

  • Web: http://www.submm.caltech.edu/cso/
  • Tel: (808) 935-1909
  • Fax: (808) 961-6273
  • Address:
    Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Office
    111 Nowelo Street,
    Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720, USA

Federal USDA: Institute for Pacific Island Forestry (IPIF)

The Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), a unit of USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, has been a center of research and technology transfer for matters of management, reservation, and restoration of natural ecosystems and landscapes throughout the Pacific. The Institute's area of responsibility includes seven US-affiliated political entities in the Pacific: the State of Hawaiʻi, the Territory of Guam, the Territory of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. The Institute's work is conducted by a unique structure of teams that include both scientists funded by Forest Service research and professionals funded through State and Private Forestry and International Forestry.

We are organized into four interrelated teams: Restoration, Invasive Species, Wetlands, and Forest management Services. The primary goal of the first three teams is research development and applications; the orientation of the Forest Management Services Team is delivery of technical assistance through the provision of applicable research findings to resource managers and the interested public of the Pacific.

Contact information

  • Web: http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/
  • Tel: (808) 933-8121
  • Fax: (808) 933-8120
  • Address:
    Pacific Southwest Research Station Intstitute of Pacific Islands Forestry
    60 Nowelo Street
    Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720, USA

Gemini Observatory

The Gemini Observatory's international headquarters is located in Hilo, Hawaiʻi at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's University Park. Gemini operates twin 8-meter optical infrared telescopes, one on Mauna Kea and the other in Chile. The observatory is a partnership of 7 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. Any astronomer in each partner country can apply for time on Gemini with is allocated in accordance with the amount of financial support provided by each country.

Contact information

  • Web: http://www.gemini.edu/
  • Tel: (808) 974-2500
  • Fax: (808) 974-2589
  • Address:
    Gemini Observatory, Northern Operations Center
    670 N. Aʻohoku Place
    Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720, USA

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi tells dual stories of the renowned Maunakea volcano, with its world-famous astronomy and rich traditions of Hawaiian culture. ʻImiloa, which means "exploring new knowledge," reflects both the Hawaiian voyages of discovery and the explorations of astronomy.

Located on a nine-acre campus above the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, with spectacular views of Hilo Bay, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center (formerly called Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center) provides a unique experience for visitors, students, and families seeking to explore the connections between Hawaiian cultural traditions and the science of astronomy.

Contact information

  • Web: http://www.imiloahawaii.org/
  • Tel: (808) 969-9700
  • Fax: (808) 969-9748
  • Address:
    ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi
    600 ʻImiloa Place
    Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720, USA

Institue for Astronomy (IFA)

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaiʻi conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the Sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.

Contact information

  • Web: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/hilo/
  • Tel: (808) 932-2300
  • Fax: (808) 933-0737
  • Address:
    Institute for Astronomy
    640 North Aʻohoku Place, #209
    Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720-2700, USA

Komohana Agricultural Complex

The mission of CTAHR in Hawaiʻi County, through the activities of the Cooperative Extension Service and experiment stations is to generate, access, disseminate and encourage the application of research-generated knowledge and leadership techniques in tropical agriculture and human resources to individuals, families, and communities to improve the quality of life of those it serves.

Hawaiʻi County research stations support the research mission of the college by providing and maintaining a system of agricultural experiment stations to facilitate research in important agricultural areas in the state.

Contact information