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Help Hawai'i Island's children reach for the stars!

Adopt a Visit Field Trip Program

At a time when our nation is losing ground in our preparation of new scientists and engineers, ʻImiloa's innovative programs are helping to expand the pipeline of students headed for careers in science and technology.  
Help 'Imiloa reach all Hawai'i Island K-12 schoolchildren by making a gift today in support of our Adopt-a-Visit field trip program.  Focused field trips to ‘Imiloa help engage our local youth, involving them in hands-on exploration of astronomy, Hawaiian language, navigation skills, and indigenous culture.

Private Support Fuels Experiential Learning

The Adopt-a-Visit program began in 2008 with a generous matching grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The grant subsidized transportation, admission, and lunch for K-12 Hawaiʻi Island students so they could enjoy a special field trip to ʻImiloa. Energized by the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Hawaiʻi Island community, observatories, businesses, and transportation partners joined the effort. Their contributions were matched 2:1 by the Moore Foundation. To broaden the impact of the visits, each visiting child was given an "ʻImiloa ʻOhana Visit Pass" so they could bring their families to the Center for a visit. Four years and 35,000 student field trips later, the program continues to serve as a model of the saying "It takes a community to raise a child."

Donors to the Adopt-a-Visit program ensure that this dynamic experience continues to be accessible to all Hawaiʻi Island children. The program fund makes it possible for schools to visit ʻImiloa free of charge with admission and transportation provided from anywhere on Hawaiʻi Island.

Adopt-a-Visit Benefits

  • Engage tomorrow's explorers to reach for the stars
  • Inspire Hawaiʻi Island's young minds to consider a career in science
  • Support local schools by providing access to interactive science education that reinforces science and math education taught in their classrooms
  • Provide an experience that enriches teachers' curriculum
  • Meet the class and enjoy the program with the students
  • Receive thank you letters from students
  • 100% tax deductible contribution
  • Give every Hawaiʻi Island child an ʻImiloa experience, regardless of where they live or what school they attend
  • Provide an educational learning experience children will remember for the rest of their lives.

Adopt-a-Visit Program Options

Your donation will help cover transportation, admission, and materials.

$25 Adopt a Student
Fund a Hawaiʻi Island school student's visit to ʻImiloa.

$2500 Adopt a Class
Sponsor students from a Hawaiʻi Island school to visit ʻImiloa.

$7500 Adopt a School
Your donation of $7,500 funds a school's to visit ʻImiloa.

Your gift will provide inspiration, skills and hope for Hawaiʻi's next generation of innovators and explorers.

To support the Adopt-a-Visit program at ʻImiloa, please call our Development Office, at (808) 932-8921.

To download a printable brochure on this program or mail in your brochure:

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To make a gift online, please click here.
Or mail in your donation to:
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
Adopt a Visit Field Trip Fund
Development Office
600 ‘Imiloa Place
Hilo, HI 96720