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Mahalo to 'Imiloa's Newest Members!
August 29-September 28, 2011
New Individual Members
New Dual Members
New Family Members
Jacob & Florence Adkins
Beverly & Ken Heikes
& Seungjoon Lee
Ralph & Grace Kobayashi
& Allison Dupre
& Keith Nakamura
& Alayna Stockton
Norman & Beverly Reitz
Sarah & Sean Tamura
& Patrick Ward, Jr.
New Patron Members
& Ben Schafer
& Vernon Kim, Jr.
Cheryl Ann Kaneko
Renewed Individual Members
Dr. Anthony Castberg
Erwin Chase, Jr.
Bess Jennings Morehouse
Kelly & Gregory Barrick
& Andrew Penn
Chad & Audrey Baybayan
& Robyn Hafner
Dr. Rosemary & James Burnett
& Harriet Rocha
Constance & Travis Cotton
& Dr. Phyllis Henderson
Gary & Chizuko Fujihara
Brandon & Shannon Gonzalez
Haruye & Hiram Hagiwara
Linda & Douglas Halsted
Mary Ann & Richard Hendrickson
Dwight & Liza Kobayashi
Linda Leilani Lindsey-Kaapuni
& Timothy Kaapuni
Frank & Mary Lorenzo
John & Kristina Makoff
Michael & Beverly McCall
Dr. Harvey & Lynn Nakamura
Donna Choi Nooney
& Jeffrey Nooney
Akira & Yuriko Omonaka
Sonny & Rhonda Paleka
Richard & Therese Reed
Cynthia & Edwin Sorenson
Jonathan & Hulali Stevens
Roy & Colette Tyau
Kumiko & Tomonori Usuda
& Katsue Kotera
Lisa & David Wells
Alice & Tad Yomono
Dianne & Theresa Adkins
& Shelley Fukunaga
& Camille Boyce
Paul & Arlene Buklarewicz
& Harriet Rocha
Dr. Thomas & Jean Chen
Andrew & Georgina Chun
Stafford & Arjun Clarry
Clive & Carol Davies
& Christian Giardina
& Rodd Biljetina
Scott & Helen Gorrell
Lena & Edward Higa
Sandra & Vernon Hughes
Dexter & Connie Irvin
Dr. Sonia & Dr. James Juvik
Myra & Rodney Kawamura
Russell & Margaret Kelly
Megumi & Maude Kon
Peggy Konanui-Tokunaga & Michael Tokunaga
Carla & Mason Kuo
Patricia & Bruce Larson
Dr. Renee Louis
& Arna Goldstein
Lehua & Rachael Maebo
Dr. Keith & Ann Miser
Karen & Carlos Moller
Miles & Lynne Nagata
Dr. Ronald & Emily Needham
Brian & Julie Ninomoto
Carol & Michael Olavarri
Ruperto Ortiz, Sr.
& Karen Akiyama-Paik
John & Roseann Sillasen
Richard & Doris Smith
& Luria Namba
Renewed Silver Members
Amy & Harold Bugado
Margie & Valerie Kanahele
& Carey Yost
Robert & Carol Oshiro
Dr. Roanne Tsutsui
& Brandy Harada
Lifetime Silver Members
Amy & Harold Bugado
Renewed Gold Members
& Lorna Larsen-Jeyte
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'Okakopa (October) Calendar
New Planetarium Shows!
We are excited to introduce to you two brand-new regularly scheduled shows at 'Imiloa: Tales of the Maya Skies and Awesome Light 3: Chasing Celestial Mysteries. These shows premiere on Saturday, October 1st. Come check them out!
Tales of the Maya Skies
This show tells the story of how the ancient Maya interwove astronomy and culture to create a stable society that spanned 2,000 years, from 500 BCE to 1500 CE. Maya culture, life, architecture, and legends were intertwined with the ancient Maya's scientific observation and recording of planetary movements. Click here for more information.
Awesome Light 3: Chasing Celestial Mysteries (3D)
Tales of the Maya Skies trailer in English from Chabot Space & Science Center
This is the third in the Awesome Light series (all produced by 'Imiloa) exploring the observatories of Maunakea, presenting this within the context of a sacred mountain that is a symbol for Hawaiian culture. In this program we examine how near Earth asteroids are explored with the NASA IRTF, discover how supernovae detected by UH88 teach us about the size and age of our universe, view our Milky Way galaxy in a new way with the UKIRT, and hear the personal stories of discovery and inspiration from Hawaiian students using the UHH Hoku Kea telescope. The program uses stunning 3D stereoscopic imagery from inside these observatories combined with stunning animations to bring these stories to life.
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Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Friday nights at 7pm, starting October 7th
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon comes to life in all its glory, in this full dome digital presentation that truly has to be seen to believe. Starting Friday, October 7th at 7pm, lose yourself in the waves of colors, images, animations, and fractals that dance along to this epic masterpiece. From Breathe, to Money, to Eclipse, the digital interpretation of the songs takes audiences on an immersive thrill ride for the senses. Presented in full dome digital video and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, this is the ultimate way to enjoy this classic album! Created by Starlight Productions. Click here to see the trailer.
Get your tickets early by visiting our front desk or order by phone at 969-9703.
Members: Kupuna, Individual, Dual, Family = $8; Patron = $6
Silver, Gold, Corporate = Free
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4th Annual Hilo Wayfinding & Navigation Festival, October 8th & 9th
The 4th Annual Hilo Wayfinding & Navigation Festival that celebrates the cultural practitioners as wayfinders, stewards of heritage and tradition, and navigators of their community will be held on October 8 and 9. The 2-day event will celebrate the arts, games, and honor a Hawaiian icon, Eddie Aikau.
Both days will feature daily hands-on activities that include wayfinding and navigation skills, knot tying, planetarium shows, garden tours, canoe exhibits, cultural exhibits, documentaries, and speaker presentations. For more information and a daily schedule click here.
This event is free to the public, however donations are welcome. You can donate online by clicking here.
Mahalo nui loa to the County of Hawai'i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai'i Tourism Authority for their sponsorship of this event.
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October 15th at 7pm
The Hot and Cold Universe
The Universe contains objects of such extremes it can boggle the imagination. Temperatures range from just above absolute zero in the centers of dark dust clouds to hundreds of billions of degrees at the cores of supernovae. But did you ever wonder how astronomers can tell you the temperature of the surface of the sun so precisely without ever having been there? During the October Maunakea Skies presentation, Glen Petitpas will describe the exotic objects which cover a wide range of temperatures in outer space. Throughout the talk he will describe the special instruments (past, present, and future) that are used in making extraordinary measurements of extreme objects.
Glen Petitpas, originally from Canada, has been working as an astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array (SMA) on the Big Island for almost seven years. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and held post-doctoral positions at the University of Maryland and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Glen Petitpas of SMA
Using submillimeter interferometers, Petitpas has studied the molecular gas content and dynamics of nearby galaxies. Since stars are born in molecular gas clouds, examining their composition and motion teaches us about the conditions under which large scale star formation is triggered. By studying gas dynamics in galaxies, we can learn about the feeding mechanism for the black holes responsible for the extreme energy output observed in many active galaxies.
October 15th's Maunakea Skies will be hosted by Shawn Laatsch, 'Imiloa's Planetarium Manager. He will will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai'i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.
The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Saturday of each month. Cost is $5 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family members; $3 for Patron Members, Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $8. Pre-purchase tickets at the 'Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9704.
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Haute Trash Fashion: Free Workshop & Show
Join Veteran Trash Fashionista Robin Worley on Saturday, October 15th from 10am to 3pm at 'Imiloa as she presents a third and final FREE workshop in the Art of Trash Fashion Design. Then, on October 22nd at 7:30pm, wear your creations in the annual Haute Trash Fashion Show sponsored by the East Hawaii Cultural Council (EHCC) and compete for prizes as this year's event will also be an official student and amateur design contest! Prizes will be awarded in TWO categories: Student Designers (18 and under) and Adult Amateur Designers. Prizes will include special gifts donated by local merchants. It is free to join the competition, and anyone who is interested should either attend a free workshop OR Contact Robin directly at: email@example.com.
Contact the EHCC to reserve your space in the workshop at 961-5711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the fashion show are available at EHCC at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo, Phone: 961-5711 or at 'Imiloa, phone: 969-9703. Tickets are $12 for members (EHCC or 'Imiloa), $10 for seniors, $7 for youth (12 & under), and $15 at the door.
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Spooky Science Hall, October 28 & 29th
Spooky Science Double Feature
Lurch, shuffle or crawl on over for double the Halloween family fun as we unveil Spooky Science: Citizen Zombie and Creepy Crawlies at 'Imiloa!
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At Citizen Zombie, brave our scary zombie testing site and learn about the science of survival - can you survive a zombie horde? Find out!
For the younger crowd, Creepy Crawlies is a keiki-friendly zone filled with make-and-take craft workshops, educational stations, carnival games and prizes. In the planetarium, watch a preview of Bugs! and dance the rest of the night away zombie-style.
Don't miss this one! October 28 and 29 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, $5 for members, $6 for non-members. Keiki under 2 are free. Spooky Science is a drug and alcohol free event.
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Members-only Chamber Music Event, Tropix
Keep an eye on your in-box! On Saturday, November 5th, 'Imiloa will host a world class violin and guitar performance in the atrium. Presented by the Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands, "Tropix" is a violin and guitar duo featuring Brazilian violinist Manoela Wunder and guitarist Philip Simmons.
This is a special, free event for members-only. Look for an e-vite in your inbox this month. RSVP is required.
If you have any questions about membership, contact Sally Marrack, our Membership Coordinator, at email@example.com or (808) 969-9719.
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Kalepa Baybayan Announced as 'Imiloa's New Associate Director
'Imiloa has announced the appointment of Chad Baybayan as its new Associate Director. Baybayan, called by his Hawaiian name "Kalepa" (The Ruffling Sails), was previously 'Imiloa's Navigator-in-Residence. He will have new and expanded responsibility for all visitor experiences, planetarium, educational, exhibit, cultural and cultural landscape programming.
"I am honored to serve this institution as Associate Director and I look forward to helping us achieve our mission of being a center that combines culture and science to inspire a whole new generation of innovators and explorers," said Baybayan. Kalepa started with 'Imiloa in 2000 as a volunteer working on the Hawaiian content committee to develop the Center's exhibits, and later accepted the Navigator-in-Residence position.
Baybayan is among an elite society of traditional wayfinding astronomers called "Master Navigators." Skilled in the study of Hawaiian starlines and the celestial sphere, and trained by traditional Satawalese Master Navigator Mau Piailug, there are only 4 others in Hawai'i who share the esteemed title of Pwo Master Navigator.
Kalepa's background and vast knowledge of astronomy, ocean sciences, meterology, environmental sciences, and cultural perspectives combine to create a unique and unparalleled skills set that will steer the voyage of 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in a fortuitous direction.
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|Aloha 'Oe & Happy Retirement!
Many of you probably knew Amy Bugado, who served as Executive Assistant of 'Imiloa (formerly Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center) from 2001 through 2011. She has decided to retire and enjoy her garden, her time with her husband, Harold, and her lovely orchids. Mahalo Amy for your contributions to 'Imiloa - you will be missed!
A tribute to Amy Bugado
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After School at 'Imiloa
Designed for students in 4-6th grade, 'Imiloa's Science Rocks! After School program runs Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30pm.
October Science Rocks! Topics
October 19 Energy II
October 26 Pico Crickets (Arts & Electronics)
Check out our Science Rocks! webpage or contact Craig Mitchell at (808) 969-9720 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Science Rocks! After School is $20 per session, $18 for members. To support scholarships to after school programs at 'Imiloa for keiki, please contact our development office at email@example.com or give online.
|Science Rocks! Pico Crickets|
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'Imiloa Preparing for Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a standards-based competition that promotes teamwork and and high levels of achievement in math, science and engineering. On January 14-15, 2012, 'Imiloa will be hosting the first ever annual Hawai'i Regional Science Olympiad Tournament!
Preparations for the event are already underway. On September 10th, fourteen teachers from schools all over Hawai'i gave up part of their weekend to attend a Science Olympiad Teacher Workshop at 'Imiloa. Lead by the State Director Franklin Allaire, teachers had a blast competing in mini challenges much like the ones their students will be facing at the Science Olympiad Tournament in January.
Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, 'Imiloa will be able to cover the cost of registration for 10 middle and 10 high school teams to participate in this first Science Olympiad Tournament. Register your team today by clicking on this link: http://www.hsso.ai-no-kea.com/. Or, contact Diana Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Science Olympiad is Awesome!
'Imiloa Awarded Native Universe Grant
The Indigenous Education Institute, University of California at Berkeley, and 'Imiloa (the University of Hawaii at Hilo) are pleased to announce a recently funded collaborative National Science Foundation (NSF) 4-year grant. This grant awarded $274,424 to 'Imiloa to work on a joint-project called Native Universe where the goal is to bridge native and western science learning in informal education settings. As a result of Native Universe, museums will gain new strategies for incorporating indigenous voice throughout their institution; increased visibility within the native community; and the prestige of partnering in a national effort to incorporate indigenous perspectives in public informal science education. "We are excited to have received this award in partnership with U.C. Berkeley and the Indigenous Education Institute," said 'Imiloa's Executive Director Ka'iu Kimura. "'Imiloa has much to contribute to the efforts of the international science center community in advocating for deep systemic change to fully infuse indigenous voice throughout informal science education experiences. We look forward to this collaboration with our partners and our local and global community."
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Did you know ...that 'Imiloa produces its own planetarium shows?
In 2009, 'Imiloa created a show in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy called Two Small Pieces of Glass. Two Small Pieces of Glass became the most widely-distributed program in the planetarium world- making it into 400 planetariums around the world and translated into 23 different languages! The program highlights the history of telescope and how it revolutionized astronomy, leading to a new understanding of the universe we live in.
'Imiloa continues to expand our reach, strengthen impact and cultivate partnerships that share Hawaiian culture and science to inspire exploration on a global scale. Members of the 'Imiloa planetarium team has been hard at work creating more shows that help accomplish this important mission. Two of those shows have included Awesome Light 1: Big Mirrors on the Mountain and Awesome Light 2: Seeing the Invisible - both created in close partnership with our Maunakea observatory partners. These shows are being shown in planetariums around the world including Warsaw, Poland; Athens, Greece; Hamburg, Germany; and New Delhi, India.
On October 1st, 2011, 'Imiloa will open the third show in the Awesome Light trilogy. Named Awesome Light 3: Chasing Celestial Mysteries, this third and final installment highlights more Maunakea observatories and is produced in stereoscopic 3D, offering audience members a unique immersive experience and the feeling of being inside the observatories.
Your continued support, input and feedback help to make this all possible. As 'Imiloa grows, we hope to expand our production capacity and work with students who have an interest in learning the unique world of planetarium show creation - in computer science, graphic design and video production.
If you would be interested in supporting these initiatives, we welcome your donations and kokua! Charitable gifts made to the Planetarium Fund help support the shining star of the 'Imiloa experience and provide the much-needed support that allows us to bring new content and educational shows to our community. Contributions to the Planetarium Fund are tax deductible and may be made via pledge payment on a monthly or ongoing basis. We also offer Legacy Giving opportunities where you can honor a loved one and name a permanent seat in the planetarium through our "Take a Seat, Leave a Legacy" program.
For more information, please contact our Development Office at 808-969-9732 or email email@example.com.
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Meet One of 'Imiloa's Planetarium Superstars - Support Our Future
When you visit the Planetarium, you probably don't always have the opportunity to meet or get to know the people behind the scenes who work diligently each day to create unique and unforgettable experiences in the dome for our visitors. Our Planetarium staff and interns are dedicated to providing you with a great planetarium experience.
By supporting the Planetarium, you are making a significant impact in advancing 'Imiloa's mission to inspire the next generation of innovators as we share Hawaiian culture and science to inspire exploration. Your support ensures that visiting scholars, interns and Planetarium superstars like Christopher Phillips have opportunities to create unique programming and content that will be shared at 'Imiloa and also around the world.
Let's meet Christopher....
Hi my name's Christopher Phillips and I work in the 'Imiloa Planetarium as an Educator and Systems Tech. I'm originally from Warwickshire in the UK and I came to work at 'Imiloa specifically because it's known throughout the world as the best planetarium and, of course, the best place to study the stars and computer technology in this field. Before coming to 'Imiloa, I studied Physics & Astronomy at the Open University in the UK. I also worked at ThinkTank Science Museum in Birmingham, England where I started my career as a Science Communicator.
As a child, I...
Always knew I wanted study the stars, to know and understand the universe, and to share it with people. Working here allows me to do that.
My favorite food is...
My nickname is...
On a day-to-day basis, my work entails....
Educating people about the sky, using both the Polynesian and Western interpretations with a focus on Navigation and voyaging.
The coolest thing about working here is....
Getting to share the amazing science and indigenous lore surrounding the night sky and its relevance to us humans on planet Earth.
My friends back in the UK always ask me...
"Hawai'i? How did you get so lucky mate?!"
The reason I chose to come work at 'Imiloa was...
It's the place to be for cutting-edge astronomy education.
Don't miss Christopher presentation of Skies Above Hawai'i at 'Imiloa on your next visit! His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of astronomy education with the public is contagious and just one of the reasons why 'Imiloa is so special - it's also why we need your continued support.
A charitable donation to the 'Imiloa Planetarium Fund, either by naming your very own permanent seat, memorializing a friend or loved one, or a gift to 'Imiloa's Enrichment Fund supports the much needed technology and development of educational content for all ages.
For more information on how you can make a difference in the Planetarium today, please contact Nico Leilani Verissimo, 'Imiloa's Development Manager, at (808) 969-9732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Become a Star at 'Imiloa... Volunteer Today!
'Imiloa volunteers work with staff to provide invaluable support in a wide range of duties, during both regular hours and special events. Volunteers also do outreach and are ambassadors for 'Imiloa. For more information click here. If you are interested or have questions regarding becoming an 'Imiloa volunteer please contact Virginia Aragon-Barnes at (808) 969-9731 or email her at email@example.com.
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Your Feedback Wanted!
Keep an eye on your inbox for our annual 'Imiloa 'Ohana Survey!
As 'Imiloa continues to develop and strengthen our outreach, our programs and our plans for the future, we reach out to our community for your input and feedback on how we're doing and how you think we might improve to better serve you. This survey is a valuable tool we use to plan future programming and to advance our mission. We hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us. Keep an eye on your inbox for the survey in the next month! Questions? Contact the Development Office at (808) 969-9732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Image of the Month
Vesta's South Pole
Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS, DLR, IDA
Shown here is the south pole of asteroid Vesta, which at 300 miles across is the second largest object in the main belt of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. Last month, the robotic Dawn spacecraft arrived at the asteroid, and in the coming months, will spiral toward Vesta and obtain high-resolution images of its surface. In this photo, the smallest objects discernible are about 80 feet apart. In addition to the usual hills, craters, and cliffs, the image shows circular features that cover most of the lower right of the basaltic asteroid. Vesta is one of three Solar System objects apart from Earth from which we have samples of its surface (the other two are, of course, the Moon and Mars.)
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'Okakopa (October) Skies 2011
Highlights from the Night Sky - October 2011
- Mercury is best viewed mid-month right after sunset in the western sky. Look for it low on the horizon.
- Venus will begin to be visible in the evening sky in October. Look for it right after sunset as a bright beacon in the West.
- Mars is visible in the morning sky in the east rising around 2 am and is in Gemini.
- Jupiter rises in the East about an hour after sunset, and is visible until sunrise for the month of October. It is at opposition (rising at sunset and setting at sunrise - visible the entire night) on October 28th.
- Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun and will not be visible this month.
- The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on the mornings of the 21 & 22. The shower is associated with Halley's Comet, and usually has 15-20 per hour at its peak. The best time to look is in the early morning sky.
'Okakopa Celestial Calendar
Oct. 3 Olekukahi (First Quarter Moon) at 5:15pm HST
Oct. 11 Hoku (Full Moon) at 4:06pm HST
Oct. 13 Ka'awela (Jupiter) 5° south of the Moon
Makulu (Saturn) in conjunction with the Sun
Oct. 19 Kaloakukahi (Last Quarter Moon) at 5:30pm HST
Oct. 21 Hoku'ulapina'au (Mars) 6° north of the Moon
Oct. 22 Orionid Meteor Shower
Oct. 26 Muku (New Moon) at 9:56am HST
Oct. 27 Ukaliali'i (Mercury) 0.2° north of the Moon
Oct. 28 Hokuloa (Venus) 2° north of the Moon
Ka'awela (Jupiter) at opposition
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|OUR VISION AND MISSION
'Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai'i's cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration, and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. 'Imiloa's mission is to honor Maunakea by sharing Hawaiian culture and science to inspire explorations.
Please send comments and feedback to:
600 'Imiloa Place Hilo, HI 96720
'Imiloa Astronomy Center
is part of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo