Kilolani Masthead
'Apelila (April) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 4
Gardens at 'Imiloa

Constellation Camp at 'Imiloa - A Success!
Spring Camp IMI-Possible 2016
Forty-eight keiki in grades K through 3 enjoyed four action-packed days of exploration, navigation, experimentation and fun at 'Imiloa's Spring Camp 'IMI-Possible! This spring session was themed Constellation Camp: Mapping the Night Time Sky. Read more >
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, April 1, 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, April 29 at 7 pm.
New in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
Astronomy-themed scarves and handkerchiefs recently arrived! Visit our store to see the various galaxies, nebulas, and moons that are now available on both scarves (100% polyester) and handkerchiefs (100% silk). 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 Member!

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Big Island Federal Credit Union


Mahalo to our
Corporate Members! 
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Ke Kāpena Members

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Ka Hāweo Members

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 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.

FritoLayFrito-Lay Promotion: Free Keiki Admission

'Imiloa is excited to be participating in a nationwide Frito-Lay promotion offering free kids' passes to science centers Frito Lay logoacross the U.S., April 18 - June 5, 2016. Purchase a specially marked Frito-Lay 2 GO product and redeem the label for 1 free child's ticket when an adult ticket is purchased. As a participating museum, 'Imiloa will have an opportunity to compete for a Frito-Lay grant for our field trip program.

Details: limit two child passes per household during the promotion period. Only one child pass may be used per visit. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotional offers or used for group visits or during special events and exhibits.
MKSMaunakea Skies, April 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 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.
Venus with sulfuric acid rain
Venus with Sulfuric Acid Rain
April's topic:
Global Warming and a Voyage to Other Planets

Dr. Nobuo Arimoto, Director of the Subaru Telescope

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees over the past century, and it is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5 degrees over the next 100 years. If global warming continues at this rate, and if the Earth becomes uninhabitable, what shall we do?

The director of Subaru Telescope, Dr. Nobuo Arimoto, will talk about the dramatic consequences of global warming for this planet. One possible solution for the world population would be to immigrate to another planet. If we were to relocate, what planet would be most habitable for us: Mars, Venus, or a planet outside our solar system?

Join us on April 15 when Dr. Arimoto will talk about ongoing efforts for finding exoplanets - and a second Earth.

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

April 1 - April 30

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm       Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm         Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm         Wildest Weather in the Solar System (3D)
3 pm         HAYABUSA: Back to Earth

Saturday Keiki Show
10am        Earth, Moon & Sun

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
April 1       Led Zeppelin
April 8       Led Zeppelin
April 15     Maunakea Skies
April 22     Led Zeppelin
April 29     Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Wildest Weather posterHAYABUSA

Imiakea'Imiākea Event Series, April 28
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Mark your calendars for the second event in our new series, 'Imiākea: Discovering Maunakea. It will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 pm. Please check your in box for more details as the date approaches.

BreaIntroducing Brea Aamoth

Brea Aamoth has joined 'Imiloa Astronomy Center as our Marketing and Media Associate. Brea is excited about advancing 'Imiloa's marketing efforts through the use of both new interactive media and traditional marketing. She will be managing and maintaining 'Imiloa's online presence and interacting with our audience on all social media platforms.

While an undergraduate at Minnesota State University, Brea attended UH Hilo on the National Student Exchange program and was able Brea Aamothto visit 'Imiloa for multiple class field trips. She has been fascinated with the world of astronomy ever since! She fell in love with the island and knew that after graduating she wanted to move back to Hilo, and she's been here ever since.

Prior to joining the 'Imiloa team, Brea was a Media Coordinator at and previously worked as a Youth Development Coordinator at Hilo Boys and Girls Club. Brea graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors by the ocean, drawing, cooking, doing yoga and running.

Brea may be reached by phone at (808)932-8922 or by email at
ImageImage of the Month

Spectacular Tails of Ionized Gas in NGC 4569, the Most Massive Spiral Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster
April 2016 Image NGC 4569
Image credit: CFHT/Coelum

Since the work of Hubble in the 1930's we've known that galactic environments greatly affect the evolution of galaxies. Large galactic clusters are abundant with elliptical galaxies (spherical galaxies that are gas poor), while spiral galaxies are more abundant outside of large clusters in empty space. It is thought that gas/dust-rich spirals lose material and slowly evolve into elliptical galaxies when they are in a cluster environment. The big question is which process dominates this loss.

To further study how environments affect galactic evolution, astronomers from the Labratoire d'Astrophysique used the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) to observe NGC 4569, the largest spiral galaxy in the Virgo Cluster. The CFHT observations show large tails of ionized gas, seen in the above image as red. These tails are a result of ram pressure stripping which occurs when the outer regions of the fast moving galaxy interact with the loose material in the cluster. This process is stripping away the gas that would allow NGC 4569 to create new stars, making it resemble an elliptical galaxy. We are seeing this galaxy evolve before our very eyes.

Read the Press Release >
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