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Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery set for Oct. 26 at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus

Free science event inspires & equips next generation of explorers

Registration is now open for the the 18th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery to be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus. To register for the event and the full workshop schedule, visit:

The free science event, which honors the life and legacy of the late astronaut who grew up in Honolulu, is designed for students in grades 3-12, parents, and educators of all grade levels, with more than 20 hands-on, interactive workshops covering science, technology, engineering and math topics.

Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and NASA astronaut Joseph M. Acaba are the featured keynote speakers. Acaba, an educator who taught high school science and middle school math and science before his arrival at NASA, is also the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage. The California native has logged 306 days in space on three flights.

Thompson, who went to school with Veach, connected students in Hawaiʻi with the crew of the space shuttle Columbia when both men were on expeditions in 1992 -- Thompson on the ocean aboard the voyaging canoe Hōkuleʻa and Veach orbiting in space aboard Columbia. The conversations between the students and crews on both vessels highlighted the importance of exploration.

Born on Sept. 18, 1944, Charles Lacy Veach graduated from Punahou School and received an engineering degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot before joining NASA, where he flew on two space missions and logged 436 hours in space. Veach died Oct. 3, 1995, in Houston, Texas. He would have been 75 years old today.

Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery is sponsored by Hawaiian Electric, Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium with support from the Chatlos Foundation, NASA, and the family of Lacy Veach.

About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.


Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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