Kilolani Masthead
Ianuali (January) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 1
Gardens at 'Imiloa

New 'Imiloa Phone Numbers
As was mentioned before, we are in the process of upgrading our phone system at 'Imiloa. Along with the upgrade comes new contact numbers, which we are beginning to use. So please note the new numbers that are mentioned in the articles of this issue of Kilolani. Both old and new numbers will work during this transition period.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, January 8 & 22 at 7 pm. See the music come to life!
Stargazing Live
Stargazing Live
View the cold, clear Maunakea night sky from the comfort of the 'Imiloa planetarium during Stargazing Live. Join us on a journey to explore the stars and distant celestial objects from Maunakea's 9,000 foot-level in real time. The next showing will take place on Friday,
January 29 at 7 pm
Available in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
Ancient Hawaiian Moon Calendar 2016
Get organized and start the year off right! Visit our store to pick up a 2016 calendar. We have Year 2016 Ancient Hawaiian Moon Calendar Related to Fishing and Farming, as well as CFHT's Astronomy Calendar. Inquiries? Call our store at (808) 932-8903. Don't forget to ask for your 10% member discount. You will also receive Member Loyalty Credit for additional savings!
Holiday Membership Event
Photo Album
origami seahorses ornaments
Over 400 members and their guests enjoyed the 'Imiloa Holiday Membership event on December 3, 2015. You can view pictures of our origami holiday tree as well as pictures that were taken with Santa on our Flickr album.
Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate Members!

Ke Kaiao Member

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Sidney Fuke, Planning Consultant


Mahalo to our
Corporate Members! 
Ka Ho'okele Member

Ke Kāpena Members

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Big Island Candies logo
HPM logo
Ka Hāweo Members

Oceanic TWC logo

PGV Ormat logo
 Corporate 'Ohana

Mahalo for your support of our programs. Please send your comments and feedback to our Membership Office at or call (808) 932-8926.

LetterAnnouncing a New Maunakea Education Initiative

2016: A Year of Continuing to 'Imiloa
Kaiu KimuraAs we move into the new year, we look back on 2015 and the accomplishments made, along with the lessons learned, as a foundation for the great work we will do in 2016. For all of us on Hawai'i Island, Maunakea has always been, and now even more so continues to be, a majestic beacon lighting a path both to our past and future. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the exciting work being planned in the new year around Maunakea education through our 'Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Since opening our doors on February 20, 2006, 'Imiloa has impacted hundreds of thousands of kama'āina and visitors alike as the State's only bi-lingual informal science center showcasing the connections between the cultural traditions and the state-of-the-art exploration being conducted atop Maunakea. 'Imiloa will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in February of 2016! As we move into 'Imiloa's second decade, we are making a concerted effort to capitalize on our work to date and expand our reach and impact as we continue the work to honor Maunakea by inspiring future generations to continue a Hawaiian tradition of exploration and discovery through modern science and technology.

Central to this work will be a new Maunakea education exhibit that will be a hub of information collection and dissemination on several key domains that Maunakea symbolizes. Maunakea's cultural significance, along with the development of the science of astronomy, are just two of these domains. Others to be highlighted are Maunakea's natural resources, the legal and political history of how the science reserve has grown and been managed over time, as well as the role that Maunakea is playing in the ongoing and evolving narrative of social movements in the Hawaiian community.

This exhibit will be a growing and evolving timeline of information - covering these 5-6 key domains - that includes source data and material links to items including documents, media, and key agencies that may have further insight and information to offer. The timeline exhibit will also include new educational media pieces, including oral histories, for example, but also pieces on current events and new issues, discoveries, and activity. The intent is that the exhibit will be phased in over time with the end goal being a totally digital interactive exhibit, including a web-mirror of sorts for learners to continue engagement beyond their experience in the physical space. 'Imiloa will launch the initial, two-dimensional display as part of our 10th anniversary celebration!

In addition to the physical exhibit and the digital information portal, 'Imiloa will also be starting the 'Imiākea Event Series, a monthly program focused on highlighting a particular aspect of Maunakea. These events will range from weeknight evening performances and intimate settings with guest speakers and presenters, to demonstrations and hands-on workshops with artists and kumu, to weekend all-day events with activities for the entire family.

In the spirit of 'Imiloa, or the continual pursuit of knowledge, we embark on 2016 with attention to the lessons of the past and a sense of excitement for what the future will reveal.

Me Ka Mana'olana,
Ka'iu Kimura
Executive Director
CyberCANOENew 3-D Virtual Environment Opening at 'Imiloa

The CyberCANOE, which stands for Cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment, is a data visualization laboratory that will be a new addition to 'Imiloa's exhibition hall in early 2016. University students from both UH-Hilo and UH-Mānoa will be working with faculty and researchers to develop this laboratory that will allow 'Imiloa visitors to explore worlds of information through a 3-D virtual environment, stepping inside giant data sets to see information from new perspectives in an interactive way.

Researchers, postdocs, undergraduates, and graduate students spanning disciplines that include astronomy, oceanography, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical research, archeology, and computational media are poised to use the CyberCANOE for their large-scale data visualization needs. The CyberCANOE will also open up new opportunities in computer science research at the intersection of data-intensive analysis and visualization, human-computer interaction and virtual reality.  

CyberCANOE was designed by UH Computer and Information Science Professor Jason Leigh, who is also the founder and director of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA) at UH Mānoa. "Whether it's video games, planning a new city or going to outer space, the idea behind the CyberCANOE is to use data visualization to allow people to be more creative, solve more challenging problems and come to better solutions with greater confidence," Leigh said in a statement.

'Imiloa is excited to bring this new virtual environment to life within our exhibit hall. The CyberCANOE is a major step towards transforming 'Imiloa from a passive science center to an active laboratory where students, researchers, and the general public can interact to form deeper collaborations in search of solutions to the complex challenges and opportunities that confront Hawaiʻi -- and, arguably, the Universe!

Data visualization expert to build the top system in the nation at the University of Hawaii
Data visualization expert to build the top system in the nation at the University of Hawaii
JulietaWelcome to Julieta Aguilera!

Julieta Aguilera 'Imiloa is happy to welcome Julieta Aguilera, originally from Santiago, Chile, but who comes to us more recently from Chicago, where she worked at the Adler Planetarium - a science center similar in purpose to 'Imiloa. Julieta will be at 'Imiloa over the next year to facilitate and lead the collaboration among 'Imiloa, UH-Mānoa Computer Sciences, and UH-Hilo Marine Science, Computer Science, and Art departments primarily with the CyberCANOE (see article above). Julieta brings tremendous expertise in both the arts and computer science, along with prior experience working on international collaborations to develop astronomical data into accessible, user friendly educational experiences. We are very excited to have her as a member of the 'Imiloa 'ohana. Please welcome her if you see her at the center or on campus!
MKSMaunakea Skies, January 15 at 7 pm

'Imiloa's monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Each presentation begins with a tour of the current night sky, featuring stars, constellations, and planets visible to the unaided eye in our stunning Hawai'i Island skies. Following this, a special guest from one of Maunakea's world class observatories presents on a topic of his/her choosing. After the presentation, audience members are able to ask their own astronomy questions during a Q&A with the special guest presenter.
photo: 3D dome January's topic:
The Very Hungry Black Hole

Dr. Andreea Petric, Gemini Observatory

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

It seems that most galaxies have a black hole at their center, and in some galaxies this central supermassive black hole is being fed by stars and gas. We call the nuclei of such galaxies Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and their histories are intertwined with the evolution of their host galaxies. In this talk, Dr. Andreea Petric will provide an introduction to the theory and observations that have built our current understanding of AGN. She will also discuss some recent developments focused on the evolutionary connections between star-forming galaxies and active black holes.

Please watch your email inbox for more information. Cost is $8 for Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the 'Imiloa front desk or by phone at 932-8901. 
SaveDateSave the Date of Jan. 27 for an Exclusive Event for Gold and Corporate Members

After the holidays all Gold and Corporate members will be receiving invitations to an exclusive event on Wednesday, January 27 (5:30-7:30 pm). Attendees will be treated to a special preview of several newly installed interactive exhibits which were recently donated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Subaru Telescope: the stunning World Wide Telescope, a demonstration of the PANOPTES project for identifying new exoplanets, and an upgraded 4D2U 3-D Theatre experience. Come enjoy your own dazzling tour of the universe and help thank NAOJ and Subaru for their generous philanthropy to 'Imiloa, benefiting the entire Hawai'i Island community and beyond.

Heavy pupus will be served, and a no host bar will be available in the Exhibit Hall. Gold and corporate members, please watch your email box for an invitation in early January.

If you would like to renew/upgrade or take out a new membership in order to be included, please contact Two (2) attendees per Gold membership and six (6) per Corporate Membership.
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

Starting January 1st

Tuesdays - Sundays
12 pm    Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm      Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm      Awesome Light 1 (3D):
              Big Mirrors on the Mountain
3 pm      Two Small Pieces of Glass

Saturday Keiki Show
10am     Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
Jan 1      Please note that we are closed on New Year's 
Jan 8      Led Zeppelin
Jan 15    Maunakea Skies
Jan 22    Led Zeppelin
Jan 29    Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Cardboard Rocket
ImageofMonthImage of the Month

Ceres' Occator Crater in False Color

Image Credit: NASA_JPL-Caltech_UCLA_MPS_DLR_IDA
Astronomers have observed the dwarf planet Ceres since the early 1800's. And as the resolution of the pictures has improved over time, astronomers have noticed an incredibly bright spot located deep in Ceres' Occator Crater. The mysterious white spot has piqued the interests of astronomers and enthusiasts so much that a satirical comic has been written about it (see below).

The Dawn spacecraft now orbiting around Ceres took new images using its framing camera and added false color to further examine the differences in surface materials. In a paper recently published, it is thought that the white spots on Ceres are a type of sulfate similar to Epsom salt that was left behind when briny water sublimated, transitioning from solid form directly to gaseous form. This theory is supported by the observations of haze that will appear and disappear in the Occator Crater. The Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres early March 2015. Currently in its fourth and final orbit around Ceres, Dawn will continue to take more pictures and data of the little dwarf planet. Read the press release and see a video of Ceres rotating >

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