August 24, 2015, a group of Harvard Astronomy students returned from the first annual undergraduate field trip to Hawaii. They spent six days on the Big Island, which included a visit to Volcanoes National Park and Punalu'u Beach (black sand beach), and then three nights on Mauna Kea. On the summit they got in-depth tours of several telescopes, and attempted to use the SMA - unfortunately they encountered poor weather, but the students still received a detailed tour of the facility.
Overall the students had a great time and were extremely thankful for the opportunity to visit Mauna Kea and Hawaii - they more or less had a smile on their faces the whole trip!
Edo Berger secured funding for this trip from FAS for 5 years and he expects this experience to draw students to become Astronomy concentrators. He wants to thank John Lewis and Allyson Bieryla for taking the time to join the trip and for their dedication to the students - the trip would not have been a success without them.