Kilolani Masthead
Mei (May) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 5
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, May 6 & 13 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, May 27
at 7 pm.
Available in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
keiki book
Check out our great selection of books, from board books for babies to keiki books and adult resources on anything & everything Hawai'i. 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!
Welcome to our New Corporate Member!

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Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate Member!

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Mahalo to our
Corporate Members!
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Ke Kāpena Members

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

NanoExhibitNew Nano Exhibit Now Open!

Imagine and discover a world you can't see!
We are very exited to welcome a new addition to the exhibit hall! 'Imiloa's newest exhibit, Nano, is an interactive tool that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. This hands-on exhibit presents the basics of nanoscience and introduces some real-world applications. 
Nano Exhibit So what is nano-science? It refers to the understanding and controlled manipulation of very tiny structures on the 'nanoscale,' that's a billionth of a meter wide!

For example, the iridescent color of a butterfly's wings, the "sticky" feet of geckos, and the self-cleaning property of kalo leaves are all examples of a nanoscience that drives new technologies like stain-resistant fabrics and self-cleaning windows.

Some experts predict that nano technologies may transform our lives - similar to the way that the automobile and personal computer have changed how we live and work.
Be sure to come check out 'Imiloa's newest Nano Exhibit!

Read more to learn just how small a nano is >
DCOutreach'Imiloa Goes to Washington, D.C.!
Big News! 'Imiloa staff will be on the Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, participating in a two-day Pacific festival at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)! The Hokule'a will be in the D.C. area in May as part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, and 'Imiloa will build on local interest by offering educational Hokuleaactivities on the Hawaiian Star Compass, starline navigation, and other aspects of oceanic wayfinding. We are grateful for the support of the Ama OluKai Foundation to help make our East Coast programming possible. Please tell your friends or come see us at NMAI (4th St. & Independence Avenue, S.W.) if you're in the area. And we'll be in New York City in June. Stay tuned for more information. 
MKSMaunakea Skies, May 20 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 representing 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.

3D printing-splat May's topic:
3D Printing and the UH 2.2m Telescope

Luke McKay, Institute for Astronomy (IfA)

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Please join Luke McKay, IfA Telescope and Instrumentation Engineer, at the next Maunakea Skies when he shares how he utilizes 3D printing in his job, complementing other prototyping and fabrication methods. This talk aims to be a fun introduction to the technology, and will include time-lapse videos, a live demonstration of 3D printing, and a hands-on comparison of items printed in plastic versus those produced with computer-aided machining (CAM). He will also discuss ongoing efforts to upgrade the UH 2.2m ("88 inch") telescope on Maunakea, along with some science results the telescope has recently helped to produce.

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. 
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

May 1 - May 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm       Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm         Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm         To Space & Back (3D)
3 pm         Fragile Planet

Saturday Keiki Show
10am        Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
May 6       Led Zeppelin
May 13     Led Zeppelin
May 20     Maunakea Skies
May 27     Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

To Space & Back
CampSummer Camp 'IMI-Possible Nearly Full
Camp 'ImiPossible logoMahalo nui loa to our members and community for the positive response to the Camp 'IMI-Possible summer intersession program that will be held Tuesday through Friday, May 31 - June 3, 2016. Only a few places are left for junior inventors in grades 4 & 5. (Grades K through 3 are full.) If you haven't registered and would like to know if there is still space for your child please call the front desk at 808-932-8901. You can also visit our camp webpage for more information on the program.
CyberCANOEStudent Presentations Using CyberCANOE

The UH Scientific Visualization Class of Spring 2016 invites the community to hear presentations on course projects created by multidisciplinary teams of Marine Science, Computer Science, ACM logoArt and Academy for Creative Media (ACM) students from UH-Hilo and UH-Manoa.
The presentations are open to the public and will take place on Thursday, May 5th at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, between 9am and 2pm (30 min per team).

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the students' work and get a glimpse of the capabilities of CyberCANOE (Cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment), our new data visualization laboratory located at 'Imiloa.
LahainaNoonLahaina Noon

It is that time of year when the Hawaiian Islands experience the astronomical phenomenon known as "Lahaina Noon." That is when the sun reaches its zenith and makes shadows virtually disappear for vertical objects set at a 90 degree angle. Hawai'i is the only state in the nation with this phenomenon, which is visible only in the tropics (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn). It occurs twice a year all across Hawai'i!

Mark your calendars so that you won't miss witnessing Lahaina Noon. The exact date and time of Lahaina Noon depends on one's latitude in the tropics. It will be visible in Hilo on Wednesday, May 18th at 12:16 pm and Sunday, July 24th, 12:26 pm HST. This phenomenon, where the sun is exactly overhead, brings the shadow of the beams in our atrium skylight into alignment with our floor mosaic, "Voyage of the Navigator" (as seen in the video below). Now let's just hope we have a sunny Hilo day!

Lahaina Noon at 'Imiloa
ImageMonthImage of the Month

A Violent Wind Blown from the Heart of a Galaxy Tells the Tale of a Merger

May 2016 Image of the Month
Image Credit: Hiroshima University/NAOJ

International researchers using Subaru Telescope on Maunakea are studying the outflowing gas from a starburst galaxy designated NGC 6240. This galaxy, located about 350 million light-years from the Milky Way, is going through a period of large-scale intense star-forming activity. This sudden activity was likely triggered when two galaxies merged and formed this enormous, irregular galaxy. The careful study of NGC 6240 allows astronomers to further understand the processes of galaxy mergers. The intense star-forming activity is fueling a large outflow of ionized gases which extends out more than 300,000 light-years from the galaxy. Careful observations of this outflow using the Suprime-Cam on Subaru Telescope unlock secrets about this unique galaxy and its environment.

Read the press release >
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