Hawaii plays important role in America’s space program, then and now

Photo by Alfred Acenas, EBC Hawaii Bureau, Eagle News Service.


By Alfred Acenas
EBC Hawaii Bureau

KANEOHE, Hawaii (Eagle News) – Did you know that the Hawaiian Culture is known for its quest for explorations, both in the oceans an in space? Hawaii’s Windward Community College in Kaneohe hosted the Apollo 11 Family Spacefest on July 20, 2019, exactly 50 years to the day when astronaut Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

This one-day exhibit showcased moon rocks and two small Hawaiian flags that astronauts brought to the moon and back. The event also provided games, activities, and short video presentations.

Hawaii also played a critical role in fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s vision of sending man to the moon by the end of the 1960. Astronauts trained on the mountains of Big Island, which scientists believed closely resembled the lunar surface.

(Eagle News Service)