Hawaiʻi District Science & Engineering Fair

Aloha, and Welcome to our District Fair Website! It is presented by the UH Hilo, Sigma Xi Chapter , and represents and supports the Big Island schools (grades 6 - 12) and the community.

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The Hawaiʻi District Science & Engineering Fair is hosted by the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center at UH Hilo.

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About Us

Students at the 80th anniversary Hawaiʻi District Science and Engineering FairStudents at the 80th anniversary Hawaiʻi District Science and Engineering Fair

The 2017 Hawaiʻi District Science and Engineering Fair (February 18, 2017) is jointly sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo), the State and Hawaiʻi District Department of Education, the Hawaiʻi Academy of Science , UH Hilo Sigma Xi Chapter, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi , the Robert and Alice Fujimoto Foundation, and many other valuable sponsors who make this fair happen each year. The Steering Committee would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to these partners and the many other individuals and organizations who have continued to support the fair.

We are an International Science and Engineering Fair Affiliate .

The educational value for middle and high school students who participate in a science fair comes from completing science or engineering project work and developing exhibits for public viewing. A project involves the use of the library, the internet, designing and executing a scientific investigation if research is involved and reporting the results. Preparing an exhibit involves graphic communication skills and creativity. A science and engineering fair, whether in school, district or state, entails a lot of hard work on the part of the students, parents, teachers and scientists, but the benefits to our students are well worth the effort.

School science fairs have helped to determine the selection of exhibits displayed at this District Fair. Top projects from eight district science fairs throughout the State are then selected to enter the Hawaiʻi State Science & Engineering Fair, which will be held on April 10-12, 2017, in Honolulu at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. To p senior research projects at the State Fair are chosen to represent Hawaiʻi at the 2017 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held this year in Los Angeles, CA on May 14-19, 2017.

The Exhibits at the District Fair level are Research Projects:

A research project is an investigation in which a hypothesis or question is stated, experiments are designed and conducted, data collected and recorded, and conclusions drawn.

Outstanding Senior (grades 9 - 12) and Junior (grades 6 - 8) research projects from the Hawaiʻi District Science and Engineering Fair will be selected to represent the Big Island at the State Science Fair.

We would like to acknowledge the individuals in our community who have given their time and expertise as mentors in guiding the students in their investigations, as well as those who have volunteered to judge the exhibits. In particular, we would like to thank Co-Director, Dr. Marlene Hapai, Professor Emeritus and former Regent, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and Co-Director and Fair Chief Information Officer, Dr. Ernie Kho. A special thank you also goes out to Dr. Ernie Kho of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo for serving as Chief Judge. We are especially grateful for the assistance provided by the staff of ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Sodexo Marriott, as well as members of the Department of Education Pool Gang.

We are now in our 31st year!


The timelines are located in a separate Hawaiʻi District Fair Forum.

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The necessary forms for the various levels/stages of the Science Fairs can be found by selecting any of the following categories.

Contact Us

Email: awayaj@hawaii.edu
Tel: (808) 932-7202
Mail: UH Hilo Sigma Xi Chapter, Natural Sciences Division
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091