Kilolani Masthead
Iulai (July) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 7
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, July 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,
July 29
at 7:30 pm.
Available in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
Mark Tomczak pendants
These hand-painted pendants by local artist Mark Tomczak are true original pieces of art; no two are alike. Visit the store to see the various sizes and designs. 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!
Lahaina Noon
Mark your calendars so that you don't miss witnessing Lahaina Noon this month. It will be visible in Hilo on July 24th at 12:26 pm. 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."
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Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate 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.

ECoast'Imiloa's Debut on the East Coast: A Wrap Up
Hokulea East Coast 2016

we've been reporting, 'Imiloa made its debut on a national stage in late May and early June! Following the itinerary on the East Coast of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's iconic sailing canoe, Hokule'a, we sent an outreach team to Washington, D.C. and New York City for 18 days (May 26-June 12) to share 'Imiloa's unique brand of culture-based science programming with new audiences far from home.

Here are some statistics that show what we accomplished: 
  • 1,600 participants directly engaged in programming about Polynesian wayfinding, including training on the Hawaiian Star Compass and navigational starlines
  • Perspectives exchanged with 200 colleagues at various roundtables and invited gatherings, including an Indigenous Worldviews in Informal Science Education (IWISE) workshop hosted by 'Imiloa in Washington, D.C.
  • Hundreds of others reached indirectly through distribution of our educational handout on "The Art and Science of Oceanic Wayfinding"
  • Collaborations launched with six leading science centers and educational institutions, from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (in both Washington, DC and New York City) to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, the Hayden Planetarium, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

East Coast Outreach team 'Imiloa's team was made up of Celeste Manuia Ha'o, Education Outreach Coordinator; Mino'aka Macanas, Fiscal Associate; and Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement. The charge we received from 'Imiloa Executive Director Ka'iu Kimura was (1) to offer programmatic support to the Polynesian Voyaging Society's historic Worldwide Voyage, (2) to explore future collaboration between 'Imiloa and peer science centers on the mainland, and (3) to facilitate professional development opportunities for 'Imiloa staff with local counterparts.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 'Imiloa introduced our new MANU 'Imiloa outreach program in schools and communities across Hawai'i Island and state. This new program uses the story of the Hokule'a and the theme of Polynesian voyaging to teach science and math, while inspiring K-12 students to consider majors and careers in STEM disciplines. Our East Coast trip gave us our first ever opportunity to test out some of the same curriculum and tools on participants far from our shores!

Read about what we learned and view more photos> 

MKSMaunakea Skies, July 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.

July's Topic 
Sub-stellar Objects: The Coolest Members of the

MKS July 2016 Image
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Dr. Carlos Alvarez, W.M. Keck Observatory

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Sub-stellar objects, commonly called brown dwarfs, are a class of celestial bodies that haven't accumulated enough mass during their infancy to start ignition as a star. Often unfairly referred to as "failed stars," these extraordinary objects are self-sustained by exotic physical processes in their core. Join us to learn more about the "least massive and coolest members" of the Galaxy at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk on July 15 at 7:00 pm presented by Dr. Carlos Alvarez, Support Astronomer at W. M. Keck Observatory. 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. 
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

July 1 - July 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm       Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm         Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm         Dawn of the Space Age (3D)
3 pm         Seven Wonders

Saturday Keiki Show
10am        Magic Tree House®: Space Mission

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
July 1       Led Zeppelin
July 8       Led Zeppelin
July 15     Maunakea Skies
July 22     Led Zeppelin
July 29     Stargazing Live (at 7:30 pm, July & August)

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Design of the Space Age seven wonders
Magic Tree House Space Mission
AppMalama Honua My Voyage App for Keiki

We are excited to share news about a new iPad app for keiki that was created by the Ho'omalamalama Foundation in collaboration with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Malama Honua Public Charter School. Malama Honua My Voyage, an interactive video app, introduces children ages 5-8 to Polynesian Voyaging and the values of Malama Honua. A combination of video storytelling and interactive activities, the first "appisode" takes its user on excursions from the ocean to the mountains to learn how to build an authentic voyaging canoe. An animated guide, Manu, reinforces the lessons learned with fun puzzles and activities. To learn more visit

Click to watch Malama Honua Appisode Trailer
KTA-MarsHow Old Would You Be if You Lived on Mars?

'Imiloa enjoyed taking part in KTA's centennial celebration at their Puainako location in June by joining in on their "Keiki Day" and "Look to the Future" day. Punawai Rice taught KTA shoppers of all ages how to figure out what their age would be if they lived on Mars! Watch the video to find out about Martian years, and get an insight to the similarities between Mars and Maunakea!

Find out your Martian age by viewing the table posted on the 'Imiloa blog.

ImageImage of the Month

Juno Above Jupiter's Pole

July 2016 Image of Month
Artist's Concept. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On July 4th the spacecraft Juno will enter a polar orbit around Jupiter. Juno was launched back in 2011 and is about to start its mission to study the atmosphere of the giant planet. Juno's mission is to study the atmosphere and composition of Jupiter. Its discoveries will lead to a better understanding of how gas giant planets form and will provide more insight into how our solar system itself formed. With a diameter of 66 feet, Juno is larger than a basketball court, yet is still dwarfed by the massive storms of Jupiter. Juno will enter a polar orbit and is planned to conduct 37 close approaches throughout its mission. During these approaches Juno will be travel dangerously close to Jupiter's tumultuous clouds and the fireworks of his massive thunderstorms.

Read the press release >

Learn more about Juno >
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