Kilolani Masthead
Pepeluali (February) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 2
Gardens at 'Imiloa

New 'Imiākea Event Series to begin February 3
Imiakea flyer Feb 2016
Kicking off the new series on Wednesday, February 3, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, will be an evening of mele and hula with two of Hilo's own young and respected kumu hula, husband and wife Kekoa and Pele Harman.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, February 5 & 12 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, February 26 at 7 pm.
Available in the
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'Imiloa Store
Center of the Universe youth t-shirt
Looking for a Valentine's day gift for that special little someone in your life? "Actually... I am the center of the universe!" 'Imiloa t-shirts are available in sizes Youth S-XL. 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!
Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate Members!

Ka Hāweo Member

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Ke Kaiao Member

Creative Arts Hawaii

Mahalo to our
Corporate Members! 
Ka Ho'okele Member

Ke Kāpena Members

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Big Island Candies logo
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Kamehameha Schools logo

Ka Hāweo Members

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 Corporate 'Ohana

'Imiloa Ikebana
2016 February Ikebana
Mahalo nui loa to Ikebana practitioners & 'Imiloa volunteers, Sharon Midallia and Katsuyo Iwase, who generously donate gorgeous flower arrangements to 'Imiloa! Please take a moment to enjoy these beautiful displays of nature as you enter our atrium.
Mahalo for your support of our programs. Please send your comments and feedback to our Membership Office at or call (808) 932-8926.

BirthdayBashCelebrating 10 Years of Exploration!

Birthday Free Day 2016

'Imiloa invites the community to our 10th Anniversary Celebration with a free family day sponsored by KTA Super Stores on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm. The day's offerings include complimentary access to 'Imiloa's exhibit hall and planetarium, hands-on science activity stations (including ice cream making!), and much more. kta_logo For hungry visitors, KTA will offer food options like hotdogs, and chili and rice. Free birthday cake will be served to the first 1,000 visitors.

We will also be offering $10 off all levels of 'Imiloa membership, whether you are new to 'Imiloa or renewing your membership. This discount will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, February 21. Even if your membership isn't about to expire, you are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early! And if you aren't a member yet, Become a Member ...and Make Every Day a Free Day!

More information is to come so please keep an eye on your in box!
CampSpring Camp 'IMI-Possible Early Registration for Members Starts February 17
'Imiloa is seeking junior explorers and innovators in grades K-3 for Camp 'IMI-Possible's spring Camp 'ImiPossible logointersession Constellation Camp, to be held Monday through Thursday, March 21-24. Keiki will be immersed in four days of exciting hands-on science experiments and activities exploring the constellation stories of our skies.
The camp will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (with drop-off available at 7:30 am and pick-up by 4:15 pm). Cost is $175 for members and $200 for non-members.

Early registration for members opens Wednesday, February 17, 2016. General enrollment begins Friday, February 19. Mark your calendars to register and secure a spot for your child. Past programs have filled up quickly, so don't delay.

Click for the fillable registration and agreement form>

To help more children participate in this wonderful program, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our education fund. Or contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at or (808) 932-8921. Your support can make a difference!
MKSMaunakea Skies, February 19 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.

February's topic:
Feb 2016 MKS image
Credit: A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF); NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/CXC/STScI
A Telescope the Size of the Earth:  Seeing Black Holes, Galaxies, and Stars with the Sharpest Resolution

Dr. Geoffrey C. Bower, Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA)

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

How do data from 10 telescopes, set across the United States, merge to make the most detailed images of astronomical objects ever attained? Join Dr. Geoffrey Bower of the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) for a look at how scientists use this network of instruments to understand black holes, the structure of our galaxy, and the nature of stars, at 'Imiloa's next Maunakea Skies program on February 19 at 7 pm. Read more >

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. 
ScienceFair'Imiloa to Host Hawai'i District Science Fair

You are invited to experience the wonders of science through the eyes and work of our local youth at the 30th Annual Hawai'i District Science and Engineering Fair. Judging of more than 100 varied projects completed by local students in grades 6-12 will be held at 'Imiloa on Saturday, February 13th. (Last year 165 students were selected to participate, out of a pool of over 1,000 students who took part at the school level.) Forty local scientists and engineers will spend the day reviewing the projects and interviewing the students, selecting forty to go to the State Science Fair in Honolulu. An awards ceremony will follow at the UH Hilo Campus Center at 6:30 pm.

Hawaii District Science Fair 2015

The Science Fair exhibits will then be available for free public viewing on Sunday, February 14th, and the following Tuesday through Wednesday, February 16-17. (Science Fair participants will begin collecting their projects at noon on Thursday, February 18th.)

To schedule a school field trip during the Science Fair please contact Punawai Rice, School Field Trip Coordinator, at (808) 932-8924 or Regular field trip rates apply, but please ask how to qualify for free bus transportation.

If you would like to support our School Field Trip & Education fund, you may do so online. Or contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at (808) 932-8921 or
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

Starting February 1st

Tuesdays - Sundays
12 pm    Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm      Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm      Awesome Light 2 (3D): Seeing the Invisible
3 pm      Tales of the Maya Skies

Saturday Keiki Show
10am     Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
Feb 5      Led Zeppelin
Feb 12    Led Zeppelin
Feb 19    Maunakea Skies
Feb 26    Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Awesome Light II
Legends Orion
ImageofMonthImage of the Month

Galaxy Diversity in Galaxy Group VV 166

Galaxy Group VV 166
Image Credit: Gemini Observatory_AURA

Galaxies are known to be enormous cities of stars, however, just as New York is very different from Honolulu, there are many different types of galaxies. In galaxy group VV 166, we see three very different types of galaxies lined up along our line of sight. In this coincidental triangle of galaxies we see blue spiral galaxy NGC 70 at the top, elliptical galaxy NGC 68 on the lower right, and lenticular galaxy NGC 71 on the lower left.

Blue-armed NGC 70's spiral arms appear blue because they are dominated by active regions of star formation. The bright blue light of these young stars overpowers the fainter glow of older stars. In contrast, elliptical galaxies such as NGC 68 have exhausted most of their material that can be used to create younger stars; thus they appear to have a fainter orange-yellow color as the light of their older populations are able to shine through. The evolution and lives of lenticular galaxies tend to be a bit more confusing, as their characteristics don't quite match the properties of spiral or elliptical galaxies. They are often considered to be an "in between" class of galaxies. 

Read the press release on Gemini's website>
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