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Nowemapa (November) 2010
Volume 5, Issue 11
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Welcome to 'Imiloa's monthly membership e-newsletter, Kilolani.  Mahalo for your support of our programs.  Please send your comments and feedback to our Membership and Development Office at membership@imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9732.
  
Nowemapa (November) Calendar
November 2        Election Day - 'Imiloa is OPEN!
November 4        'Imiloa on the road at Cal Academy of Sciences!
November 10      Science Rocks! After School Program: Energy III
November 11      Veteran's Day - 'Imiloa is OPEN!
November 13      'Imiloa After Dark: Kanikapila Soundz
November 14      'Ohana Discovery Day: Physics Explorations
November 17      Science Rocks! After School Program: Properties of Matter  
November 20      VEX Robotics Tournament
November 20      Maunakea Skies Lecture Series at 7:00 pm
November 24      Science Rocks! After School Program: Water & Hydrodynamics
November 25      Thanksgiving Day - 'Imiloa is CLOSED
 

Coming Soon:
Member Holiday Party - December 17

Daily Planetarium Shows (Tuesday through Sunday)
        11 am             Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
        1 pm              Dawn of the Space Age (3D)
        2 pm              Awesome Light 2 (3D)
        3 pm              Dawn of the Space Age (3D)
                            Mystery of the Christmas Star
(November 26-January 5)
 
Saturdays
         
       9:30-11 am     Keiki Kilohoku Korner activities in the atrium
       10:00 am        Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Special Evening Shows 

Maunakea Skies Lecture Series - Every third Saturday of the month at 7:00 pm
  

'Imiloa on the Road...California Academy of Sciences

On Thursday, November 4, 'Imiloa staff will present at the Cal Academy of Sciences Planetarium during their NightLife event about all things Hawai'i.  Kalepa Baybayan, 'Imiloa's Navigator-in-Residence, will give a presentation on Hawaiian Star Lines.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about how the navigators accomplished their amazing voyages and how modern sailors are keeping these traditional methods alive. The event will also include interactive exhibits, lashing stations where visitors can see how ocean going vessels were built, and video interviews with the navigators.

For more information, visit the Cal Academy of Sciences NightLife website at: 

http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/

 

 

  

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'Imiloa After Dark: Kanikapila Soundz
 
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Brother Noland
Soundz like a great time!  Join us on Friday, November 13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and enjoy the musical talents of Brother Noland, Lito Arkangel, Rupert Tripp and Kris Fuchigami

Learn about crafting an 'ukulele by artisan Kawika Hurd, and the physics of sound and instrumentation from Kamehameha School's Tom Chun.  Discover Brother Noland's 
The Tracking Project Hawai'i, the effort to provide universal understandings inside all of us through indigenous knowledge and universal principles found in the natural world. 

Heavy pupu will be provided by 'Imiloa's Sky Garden Restaurant.  No-host bar.  $40 for members, $45 for non-members. 

Priority, advance notice member ticket sales open now - they're going fast!  Click here for your invitation or call our Marketing Manager Jeff Harman at 969-9705 for more information.  
  
'Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival Awards

HAYABUSA: Back to Earth
Audience Choice Award Winner
HAYABUSA: Back to Earth 
Congratulations to Hiromitsu Kohsaka & GOTO Inc. for winning the Audience Choice Award at our recent 'Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival!  Their HAYABUSA: Back to Earth was voted the most popular of all the films.

A review board of observatory outreach officers, 'Imiloa's Education Department and a few independent reviewers awarded the following:

Best Script/Story
We Are Astronomers
National Space Centre 
 
Best Visuals
Voices in the Dark
Hamburg Planetarium  
Film Festival Winners
Winners: We Are Astronomers, Voices in the Dark, Natural Selection

 
Best Music/Audio Score
Natural Selection
Mirage IIID
 
Congratulations to all the winners!
  
Member Mana'o 

A Letter from a Member
 
LeiGreetings, Shawn Laatsch, and--from a member, here--a big congratulations-and-mahalo to you and your staff for the recent highly successful film festival!
 
It was a glorious experience to be transported into the studies and presence of Galileo and Darwin, then to hang low over rough ocean waves and gaze up the steep sides and tall mast of the HMS Beagle as squeaks and gull-cries issued from the rigging; it was delightful to drift through a gorge and a flower garden, into a fairy-like castle, past black holes and stars, across the moon and Mars, among Mayan ruins, through the air with a flock of geese - all set to enchanting music; it was fascinating to hear explanations of mythology, planetary behavior, "natural selection," orchid growing - and it was most amazing to notice the creative visual and audio effects which were brought to us from many locales!
 
Through crowds, visitor confusion, and unavoidable schedule changes, `Imiloa's announcers, docents, volunteers, store minders--and, especially, desk employees--were well-informed and showed the aloha spirit, being cheerful and responsive, going out of their way to be helpful.  Even the frantically busy restaurant employees were very pleasant and accommodating.
 
I feel privileged - and extremely grateful to all of you and to the producers - for bringing us this international film festival.
 
With aloha,
Marjorie M. Kelly
  
Hilo Wayfinding and Navigation Festival
  
Hilo Wayfinding & Navigation FestivalOur 3rd annual Hilo Wayfinding and Navigation Festival was held last month to pay tribute to the late Master Navigator Mau Piailug.  Our Center was abuzz with activity honoring Piailug, from a number of film documentary showings to storytelling sessions and a tribute concert by Ken Makuakane.  Visitors had a wide range of things to do and see: traditional food demonstrations, Holua sledding, Hawaiian weaponry demonstrations, plus canoe tours and knot tying by members of the voyaging communities. 

Click here for photos of the three-day event!  
 
Mahalo nui loa to the County of Hawai'i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai'i State Tourism Authority for their sponsorship of this event and big mahalo to all who participated and volunteered their time and efforts!
  
E Paipai Ali'i: Wayfinding and Navigation Program Fundraiser

E Paipai Ali'iMahalo nui loa to all who came out to honor the late Master Navigator Mau Piailug and community leaders Captain Gordon Pi'ianai'a, Dr. Walter Steiger, Will Kylselka and Mayor Billy Kenoi at our recent E Paipai Ali'i event.  Funds raised will support youth curriculum development for wayfinding and navigation programs at 'Imiloa.  We would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their support, who helped raise over $13,000 for Hawai'i keiki:

George & Jeanne Abe         Vernette Martin
CalTech Submillimeter Obs   Randall Monaghan Landscapes
Murray & Linley Chapman     Delbert Nishimoto
Richard Crowe                   Russell & Aki Oda
Dr. George Curtis               Laura Peticolas
Carol Davies                     Gordon Pi'ianai'a
Sandra Dawson                 Loren Rice
Gerald DeMello                  Donald & Kathleen Romero
James & Charlyn Dote        Marcia Sakai
Stanley Fortuna                Kenji & Margaret Shiba
Stable Foundation             Dr. Walter & Betty Steiger    
Donald Hall                      Benjamin Tamura
Robert Hanley                  Alan Tokunaga
Jeff & Noriko Hood            Dale & Sandra Tokuuke
Lester & Lei Kimura           Gregory Trifonovitch          
Harrison & Sharene Klein    Representative Clift Tsuji
Bernadette Lancaster        Catherine Walsh & Karen Jones          
Gail Loeffler                     William & Vicki Wilson  
Nancy Maryboy                Robert Witt & Diane Sumie McCoy  
  
                
To support curriculum development for 'Imiloa's Wayfinding and Navigation Programs that inspire tomorrow's leaders and explorers, click here.
  
'Ohana Discovery Day - Physics Explorations:
Light, Sound, Heat + Cold, Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism

Physics Explorations
 
See science everywhere...have fun and learn science as a family at 'Ohana Discovery Day: Physics Explorations for keiki grades 4-6 on Sunday, November 14 from 8:30am - 3:30pm.  Join us and take home your very own kaleidoscope and rainbow scope!

Check out these stations:
BoomWhacker
Computer: Dr. Brain Action Reaction
Mirror Experiments & Kaleidoscopes
Generating Electricity
Explorations with Magnets
Rainbow Scope Activity and Lesson
Pulley Experiments
Make Your Own Ice Cream

Family groups of 3 are $35 ($30 for members). 
Click here for more information about 'Ohana Discovery Days at 'Imiloa or contact Education Manager Gail Loeffler at (808) 969-9729 or gloeffler@imiloahawaii.org.


  
Give the Gift of Learning
 
Give the Gift of LearningLooking for something special for the keiki in your life? A gift of science learning always is a perfect fit. Now, you can purchase tickets for any of our `Ohana Discovery Day sessions. These interactive sessions reach out to families with students in grades 1-12.

Topics include:

         Zome, Math and Measurement (Grades 1-3)

         Take a Ride (Grades 3-8)

         Human Body (Grades 4-6)

         Chemistry (Grades 4-7)

         Physics Explorations (Grades 4-7)

         Sustainability (Grades 5-12)

         CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Grades 6-8)

         Electronics (Grades 7-10)

         Flight (Grades 7-10)
Check our webpage for dates and times!  


Family groups consist of one adult and two children. Gift cards can be purchased at the front desk, and they cost $30 for members or $35 per session for non-members.  

Click here or contact Gail Loeffler at (808) 969-9729 for more information. 

 

To purchase a gift membership for a friend or family, please contact the front desk at 969-9703.  To sponsor a child or a family to attend an 'Ohana Discovery Day session, please call 969-9732. 

  
Maunakea Skies November 20 at 7pm
Subaru Telescope
Subaru Telescope 

The Night Sky: A Non-Astronomer's View
by Alanna Garay and Dan Birchall

A lighthearted, non-astronomer's view of what happens during the night on Maunakea, both inside and outside the observatory.  Learn about normal operations, common problems that occur at observatories, and the kinds of weather Maunakea will likely see in the coming months.

Hosted by Dr. Richard Crowe, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center's Astronomer in Residence.  Maunakea Skies is held every third Saturdays at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center Planetarium.  $5 for members, $8 for non-members. 
 
Alanna and Dan
Garay and Birchall  
Alanna Garay and Dan Birchall are Observation System Associates at the Subaru Telescope.

Alanna hails from the Pacific Northwest and majored in Astronomy at UH-Hilo, volunteering at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station as a student.  After earning her Bachelor of Science in Astronomy from UH-Hilo in 2003, she joined Subaru in November of that year.

Dan worked with computers and the Internet in New Jersey and Hawai'i, and also started out as a volunteer at the visitor station in 2004.  He quickly switched from running computers that ran web sites to running computers that ran telescopes.  After working part-time as an operator and observer at the UH 2.2-meter and aircraft spotter for the Keck and Gemini adaptive optics lasers, he completed a graduate certificate of science in astronomy through Swinburne University of Technology in Australia in 2009 and joined Subaru that May.

Alanna, Dan and Subaru's other Observation System Associates - Michael Letawsky, Robert Potter, Michael Lemmen and Alan Hatakeyama - work primarily at night on the summit of Maunakea, operating the Subaru Telescope and its various instruments.  For most instruments, one operator will work with a support scientist and astronomers, but when the wide-field prime focus camera "Suprime-Cam" is in use, two operators work together at the summit, while the support scientist and astronomers typically remain at the office in Hilo.

  
Science Rocks! After School Programs ROCK!

Science Rocks! After SchoolJust for students grades 4-6, Science Rocks! After School programs run Wednesdays from 2:30-5:15pm.  Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservations early. 
 
Check out our after school webpage or contact Gail Loeffler at (808) 969-9729 or gloeffler@imiloahawaii.org for more information.

November Science Rocks! Topics:
    November 3     Energy III
    November 10   Properties of Matter     
    November 17   Water & Hydrodynamics
    November 24   Air Pressure
  
Asteroid Presentation: December 23
 
AsteroidsPresentationFrom Asteroid Discovery to Near-Earth Asteroid Hazards will be presented by James W. Young in the 'Imiloa classroom on Thursday, December 23 at 2:30 pm. 

From William Herschel's discovery of Uranus, Bode's Law, and the eventual discovery of Ceres, this presentation focuses on the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, to the first near-earth asteroid discoveries, and on to the potentially hazardous objects currently being found.  The numbers, appearances, and orbits of known asteroids are discussed, with emphasis on similarities to other solar system objects.  Scott Manley's recent video clip, "1980-2010 Asteroid Discoveries" will be shown (6 minutes), and was specifically made for this presentation.

James W. Young is an American astronomer who made significant contributions to the field of asteroid research.  After nearly 47 years with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at their Table Mountain Facility, Young retired in 2009.

For more information on this FREE presentation, please contact Carla Kuo at ckuo@imiloahawaii.org.
  
Image of the Month
Zarmina Planet
Credit and Copyright: Lynette Cook

Zarmina's Planet 

A team of planet-hunting astronomers, using the W.M. Keck Observatory's Keck I Telescope, has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet circling a nearby star.  The planet, orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 581 only 20 light years away from the Sun, is about 15 million miles away from its host star, or 0.15 times the Earth-Sun distance.  That places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone" where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface.  If confirmed, this would be the most Earth-like extra-solar planet and the first potentially habitable one of the 500 so far discovered.  Eleven years ago, the group headed by Steven Vogt (UCO Lick) and Paul Butler (DTM Carnegie Institute) had detected two other planets close to Gliese 581, but after re-analyzing the data, have now made a compelling case for a third planet, this one potentially habitable.  Although the official designation for this planet is Gliese 581g, Vogt named it Zarmina's World after his wife. It orbits Gliese 581 every 37 days, has a mass of 3.1 Earth masses, and a size of 1.5 Earth diameters, based on models.  Finding a habitable planet so close to Earth implies there are many others in our Milky Way galaxy.

  
Nowemapa (November) Skies 2010
  
November Skies

Highlights from the Night Sky - November 2010
  • Mercury is low in the west mid-month of the month at sunset.  Look for it on the 20th when is near Mars.
     
  • Venus is in the East at sunrise rising about 1 hour before the Sun.
  • Mars is in the west at sunset.  It sets about an hour after sunset, so look for it early in the evening.
  • Jupiter is in the South at sunset and will be visible until 2am.  Try finding the Galilean satellites (moons) with binoculars.
     
  • Saturn is visible at sunrise in the east, rising about 2 hours before the Sun.
  • The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks on the morning of the 17th.  The shower is associated with comet Temple-Tuttle, and usually has 15-20 per hour at its peak. Roughly every 33 years it storms having up to many thousands of meteors per hour.  The last major storm was in 1999/2000.  The best time to look is in the early morning sky around 4am.
      
  • The Taurid Meteor Shower peaks on the morning of the 4th.  It is associated with Comet Enke and typically has rates of 5-10 meteors per hour.  Taurus rises around 9pm in November, so you can look for these in the late evening hours.
     

Nowemapa Celestial Calendar 
Date                                Event

Thursday, Nov 4           Taurid Meteor Shower Peak
                                 Makulu (Saturn) 8 north of the Moon
  
Saturday, Nov 6           Muku (New Moon) at 6:52 am HST
 
Sunday, Nov 7             Hoku'ulapina'au (Mars) 1.6 north of the Moon
  
Saturday, Nov 13         'Olekukahi (First Quarter Moon) at 6:39 am HST
 
Tuesday, Nov 16          Hokuloa (Venus) appears stationary
                                Ka'awela (Jupiter) 7 south of the Moon
  
Wednesday, Nov 17      Leonid Meteor Shower Peak
  
Friday, Nov 19             Ka'awela (Jupiter) appears stationary
  
Saturday, Nov 20         Ukaliali'i (Mercury) 1.7 north of Hoku'ulapina'au (Mars)
 
Sunday, Nov 21           Hoku (Full Moon) at 7:27 am HST
 
Sunday, Nov 28           Kaloakukahi (Last Quarter Moon) at 10:36 am HST

  
Museum 'Ohana Highlight: The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
  
Namaste at the Pana'ewa ZooPopularly referred to as the "Crown Jewel of Hawai'i," the Pana'ewa Zoo is home to some of the most amazing displays of flora and fauna.  The zoo is also home to "Namaste," a rare white Bengal Tiger that has been one of the zoo's most popular attractions.  The zoo gift shop also offers unique gifts that are not found on retail stores on the Big Island.
 
Check out their website at www.hilozoo.com.
  
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Planetarium KidsWith a charitable gift annuity, you will secure fixed, annual payments for life.
And you can do it while supporting educational programming, recruiting world-renowned researchers, funding scholarships and helping our students succeed.
It's True!
Our charitable gift annuity can pay you a fixed, annual dollar amount when you make an irrevocable gift to the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center at UH Hilo.
Establishing a gift annuity with the UH Foundation provides a lifetime of rewards:
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Visit www.UHFLegacyGift.org to learn more!

'Imiloa is fortunate to have the services of the University of Hawai'i Foundation Office of Estate and Gift Planning to serve our friends, alumni and other supporters.  The UH Foundation is available to provide complimentary gift and estate planning consultation to supporters of 'Imiloa, the University, and their tax and financial advisors. 
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Our mission is to unite our donors' passions with the University of Hawai'i's aspirations to benefit the people of Hawai'i and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private      investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships. Please visit www.uhfoundation.org
  
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