Kilolani Masthead
'Aukake (August) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 8
Gardens at 'Imiloa

East Coast Wrap Up
While Hokuleʻa was on the East Coast, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the Smithsonian Institution teamed up to help celebrate the Worldwide Voyage.
Mahalo to 'Oiwi TV for producing this video!
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A Sky Wonderful with Stars
A Sky Wonderful with Stars: 50 Years of Modern Astronomy on Maunakea tells the fascinating story of how a remote mountaintop in the middle of the Pacific Ocean became home to the most powerful collection of telescopes in the world. 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!
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, August 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 program will take place on Friday,
August 26
at 7:30 pm.
'Imiakea Event Series
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'Imiakea: Discovering Maunakea is 'Imiloa's event series aimed at expanding our understanding of the multiple dimensions of Maunakea. 'Imiakea serves as a platform for the community to discover, discuss and learn from one another all aspects of Maunakea. To view videos of past events you can now visit the 'Imiakea webpage.
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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.

MANUMANU 'Imiloa Outreach Taking Flight

Embark on a remarkable new voyage without leaving your school or community!

'Imiloa is continuing to expand our impact through our newest educational endeavor, MANU 'Imiloa, a mobile outreach program aimed at sharing 'Imiloa's unique brand of culture-based science education across Hawai'i Island!

Taking flight once again this fall, MANU 'Imiloa (Modern and Ancient ways of Navigating our Universe)
MANU Outreach
Photo credit: Kaipo Kiaha 
will send 'Imiloa staff on the road to deliver an interactive curriculum inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society's epic Worldwide Voyage, designed to explore the skills involved in non-instrument ocean navigation, or wayfinding.
Outreach will be offered in two formats:

NOIO (Non-instrument Orientation, an Introduction to Oceanic Wayfinding) is a 30-60 minute package that 'Imiloa can deliver on request to K-12 schools and community centers, or present as part of local events. Audiences of all ages are invited to gather around a model of the Hawaiian Star Compass and learn this foundational framework for non-instrument navigation. Next they sit "under the stars" in 'Imiloa's custom digital portable planetarium to understand how wayfinders rely upon cues from the environment to determine their course and direction. Read more about NOIO >
KOLEA (Keeping Our Legacy of Exploration Alive), our second offering, is a two-week+ curriculum package designed specifically for middle school teachers to implement in their 7th and 8th grade science or math classes. Titled "He Manu He Wa'a, The Geometry of Wayfinding," it drills down into the geometry, astronomy and other sciences that undergird traditional Polynesian non-instrumental navigation. Along with curriculum, KOLEA offers participating teachers specialized training, access to customized educational materials and traveling kits, opportunities to engage with crewmembers from the Worldwide Voyage, professional development credits, and a complimentary Family Membership to become a part of the 'Imiloa 'ohana! Read more about KOLEA >

The 2016-2017 KOLEA program will be limited to 15 enthusiastic and passionate middle school teachers across Hawai'i Island. If you're a 7th or 8th grade teacher who is interested in being a part of this year's KOLEA flight, we invite you to apply! Applications for the 15 places will open Monday, August 1 and close September 1, 2016; selection committee decisions will be announced by September 15 in time for an October 2016 teacher training workshop. Click here for full details and registration.

'Imiloa is indebted to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for a generous grant which funded the initial development and launch of MANU 'Imiloa, including the drafting of program curriculum and the production of tool kits, along with support of transportation and logistical costs. We are also grateful to the Hawaii Community Foundation STEM Learning Partnership, the Bank of Hawaii Foundation, and Matson for additional program support.

If you're ready to embark on a remarkable new voyage without having to leave your own school or community, visit our outreach webpage or email

MANU Call for teachers
MKSMaunakea Skies, August 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 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.
August's Topic:
Astronomy at UH Hilo Today and Tomorrow
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Dr. Marianne Takamiya, UH Hilo

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

UH Hilo Astronomy majors will receive more hands-on telescope time than ever before, thanks to a recent agreement with Maunakea observatories. These fortunate students have a unique opportunity afforded to few other programs in the country, namely the opportunity to study the universe in the world's largest observatories for optical, infrared and submillimeter astronomy, located on the 13,000-foot high summit of Maunakea. Join us to for an update on these and other developments in UH Hilo's Astronomy Program, at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk on August 19 at 7:00 pm presented by Dr. Marianne Takamiya, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Hilo.

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. 
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Asteroid show poster Please mark your calendar for Thursday, August 25. We will be offering a Member Appreciation Night with a members-only preview of our newest planetarium show, Asteroid: Mission Extreme (3D), which will begin showing as part of our regular daily schedule on September 1st in the 2:00 pm time slot. Please watch your inbox in early August for more information as the date approaches. Reservations required.

Asteroid: Mission Extreme (3D) takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the possibility that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds - veritable way stations in space that could enable us to cross the Solar System.

National Geographic and Lockheed Martin present a Sky-Skan production. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver.
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

August 2 - August 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm           Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm             Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm             Astronaut 3D
3 pm             Sunstruck

Saturday Keiki Show
10am            Tycho to the Moon

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
August 5        Led Zeppelin
August 12      Led Zeppelin
August 19      Maunakea Skies
August 26      Stargazing Live (at 7:30 pm for August)

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Tycho to the Moon
ImageImage of the Month

An Unexpected Use of a Large Optical Telescope

Image credits: MATLAS collaboration, Pierre-Alain Duc

The term "Interstellar Medium" tends to describe the loose gas and dust which exists between stars and galaxies. Recently, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) participated in a study to combine data across many wavelengths of light to deeply analyze the structure of some of this medium. This is the first time that an optical telescope, such as CFHT, has been used to study interstellar medium in such detail. This study leads to a better understanding of how this medium interacts in galactic structures and how the matter in our own galaxy evolved. The above image, which is reminiscent of a work of art, is a combination of optical images that were obtained by CFHT for this study.

Read the press release > 
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