Hawaii Space Grant


The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium comprises programs at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and Hilo, the seven Community Colleges within the University of Hawai‘i system, the University of Guam, and several non-academic partners. Our consortium is governed by a board of directors composed of the Director, Executive Director, and Associate Directors for major programs and for each campus. We outline here our collective vision for the consortium and our strategy for the future.


The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium inspires, nurtures, and trains the space scientists, space settlers, and aerospace engineers of the future. We accomplish this in the following ways:


Our strategy is reviewed often as we recognize new needs in our community and as new opportunities arise. The strategy is dynamic and represents our current view of our approach.

Enhance undergraduate research opportunities

Providing research opportunities for undergraduates is a major recommendation of the Boyer Commission Report on Higher Education. Space Grant fellowships have been providing such opportunities since 1990, and we will ensure that our undergraduate research program continues to flourish. This will be accomplished by:

Enhance the undergraduate curriculum

Hawai‘i Space Grant has been instrumental in developing undergraduate courses in planetary science and remote sensing. We intend to expand our efforts to include courses and curricula opportunities in other areas:

Strengthen research infrastructure

The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium has been successful in sparking research programs at our community colleges in astronomy and remote sensing. We intend to continue to nurture research in those areas, but will seek opportunities to seed research in other areas as well. In doing so, we will be guided by the following principles:

Prospecting for resources to help humans settle the Moon and Mars

The establishment of permanent space settlements will require extensive use of indigenous resources. Settlers will need materials to develop and maintain the infrastructure and to produce products for both export and local use. Most of these materials must come from local sources rather than Earth because our current home planet sits in a deep gravity well. Understanding how to use indigenous resources is a multifaceted, long-term research effort. Hawai‘i Space Grant will concentrate on one aspect of this problem: prospecting for resources on the Moon and Mars, the most likely places for initial human settlements. This effort follows the purposes of the Act that established the Space Grant program (Public Law 100-147). Three of seven purposes cited refer to the development and utilization of space resources. We intend to promote resource exploration and utilization by the following approaches:

Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL)

The HSFL is an HSGC research infrastructure-building program. Designed as a multi-disciplinary research and education activity bringing together individuals from diverse areas to explore, study and advance the understanding of the space environment, the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory positions UH Manoa to become the first university to design, build, launch, and operate its own satellites.

The mission of the HSFL is to:

Public Outreach

We believe that scientific research is not complete until it is communicated to the general public. We have a robust public outreach program and intend to continue to place great emphasis on it. Key elements will include the following:

Play a role in strengthening the economy of Hawai‘i

Space Grant does not have the financial resources to single handedly ignite dramatic improvements in our state's economy. Nevertheless, we can play a significant role in helping space-related businesses in Hawai‘i. The central theme of our strategy is workforce development. [See our Integrated Workforce Development Plan.] Our strategy includes the following:

K—12 education

Hawai‘i Space Grant has instituted several programs to strengthen education at the K-12 level by working with teachers and directly with students. We will continue these efforts, but place greater emphasis on instituting widespread changes in our schools.

Increasing opportunities for women and minorities

Hawai‘i has a refreshingly diverse population and our programs have a broad diversity of participants. However, we intend to increase our efforts in this area in the following ways:

Program management and funding

We will look for potential new academic partners and strengthen those now involved. We will also continue to make strategic decisions through discussions at our biannual meetings of our board of directors. The following new directions are planned:

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Authors: Board of Directors - contact Luke Flynn
Communications: Linda Martel
Updated: September, 2008
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