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Kaiulani Murphy 

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Born and raised in Waimea and Waipiʻo Valley on the island of Hawaiʻi, Kaʻiulani Murphy developed a passion for voyaging while a Hawaiian Studies student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Since 1998, she has served as a crew member with Hōkūleʻa and the Polynesian Voyaging Society, participating in voyages to Rapa Nui, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Micronesia and Japan, and the recent Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Kaʻiulani feels privileged to learn from extraordinary mentors and to share her experiences with students at Honolulu Community College and UH Mānoa where she teaches courses in Hawaiian astronomy, navigation and voyaging.

 

Kaiu Kimura

Bio

Kaʻiu Kimura is the executive director at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi. She manages and oversees all aspects of the astronomy center operations including the planetarium, exhibit hall, gift shop, restaurant operations and educational outreach. Kaʻiu has held previous positions at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, working first as the curriculum coordinator, then experience coordinator and associate director. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies and a master’s degree in Hawaiian language and literature from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Kaʻiu is on the boards of Hawaiʻi Island Workforce and Economic Development ʻOhana, ʻAha Pūnana Leo and the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce.

Laurie Rousseau-Nepton

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Laurie Rousseau-Nepton is a resident astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Observatory and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii between 2017 and 2019. First indigenous woman in Canada to obtain a PhD in astrophysics, she received her diploma from Université Laval by studying regions of stellar formation in spiral galaxies. Laurie Rousseau-Nepton was a FRQNT postdoctoral scholarship recipient, previously received the Hubert Reeves Fellowship and the Award for native women in sciences of the Association des femmes diplômées des universités du Québec. She is now leading an international project called SIGNALS, aiming at observing thousands of newly born stars in galaxies close to the Milky Way to understand how their birthplace affect the rest of their life and the galaxies evolution. She is involved in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committees for the Canadian Association of Physicist and for the Maunakea Observatories and is devoted in promoting a community driven way to do science.