Kilolani Masthead
'Apelila (April) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 4
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, April 7 & 14 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,
April 28 at 7 pm.

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The 2016 Merrie Monarch Festival captured on this four-disc (DVD) set can be enjoyed over and over again. 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!

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MerrieMonarchMerrie Monarch Events at 'Imiloa

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In celebration of the 54th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center will host three days of cultural enrichment programming, Wednesday, April 19 through Friday, April 21. This series is organized annually at 'Imiloa to complement and honor Merrie Monarch's major purpose: the perpetuation, preservation and promotion of the art of hula and Hawaiian culture through education. Read more >

Wednesday, April 19: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Oli Workshop with Kumu Hula Mehanaokala Hind

Wednesday, April 19: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Film screening of Na Hulu Lehua: The Royal Cloak and Helmet of Kalani'opu'u. Presented by: Mehanaokala Hind

Thursday, April 20: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Musical performance by Lito Arkangel

Thursday, April 20: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Hula performance and costume presentation by Halau o Kekuhi

Friday , April 21: 10:00 - 11:30 am
He leo aloha: a presentation on language and story in the Kealopiko design process

Friday, April 21: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Musical performance by 2017 Grammy Award Winner, Singer/Songwriter Kalani Pe'a

Please visit our website for more information. Presale tickets for each Cultural Enrichment Program at 'Imiloa are $8 for members or $10 for non-members. Presale tickets can be purchased at 'Imiloa's front desk, or over the phone by calling 808-932-8901. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase starting Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00 am. A limited supply of tickets will be available for purchase the day of each event for $15. 
EndowmentGift'Imiloa Announces First-Ever Endowment Gift
The legacy of the late educator and government planner Ilima Pi'ianai'a is being celebrated through the establishment of a new endowment at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center.
Gordon Pi'ianai'a of Honolulu and Norman Pi'ianai'a of Kamuela have made a gift Ilima Piianaia through the University of Hawai'i Foundation to create a new permanently endowed fund to honor their sister and expand access to educational programming at 'Imiloa by K-12 students.

In announcing the gift, 'Imiloa Executive Director Ka'iu Kimura stated, "Just as we are marking the 11th anniversary of our opening, 'Imiloa is thrilled to have our very first permanent endowment, a fund that will benefit the center in perpetuity and enable us to share our unique brand of programming with both current and future generations of young people. We are humbled by the Pi'ianai'a family's vote of confidence in 'Imiloa and excited about what this will mean in our second decade and beyond!" UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney added, "This wonderful gift will benefit the children of Hawai'i for years to come."

Born and raised on O'ahu, Ilima Pi'ianai'a (1947-2006) pursued a noteworthy career in the public sector, starting with her service as a Hawai'i County planner helping to develop a general plan for the island. Read more >

To make a gift to the Ilima Pi'ianai'a Endowment, you may donate online or contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at (808) 932-8921 or
MKSMaunakea Skies, April 21 at 7 pm
April 2017 MKSApril 's Topic:
Cutting Edge Technology and Ancient Mysteries

Dr. Luca Rizzi, W.M. Keck Observatory

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Continuing the tradition of keeping Maunakea at the forefront of astronomical research, the W.M. Keck Observatory recently installed a new research instrument called the Keck Cosmic Web Imager. With unparalleled capabilities and extreme sensitivity, this instrument will allow scientists to look at the faintest and most diffuse structures of the Universe, and investigate the pillars of dark matter that caused the formation of the primordial galaxies and galaxy clusters. Learn more about this quest for astronomical knowledge at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk with Dr. Luca Rizzi, Support Astronomer at W.M. Keck Observatory on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm. Read more >

'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.

Member ticket pricing is $8 for UHH/HawCC Student, Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members. General admission tickets are $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the 'Imiloa front desk or by phone at 932-8901. 
MaunakeaSpeakerSeriesMaunakea Speaker Series

Arthropod Diversity in the Subalpine Region of Maunakea:
a presentation by Heather Stever, research associate in Dr. Jesse Eiben's "Teaching and Research Arthropod Collection" (TRAC) laboratory.

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The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday, April 20 at 'Imiloa's Moanahoku Hall. This exciting free lecture is open to the public and starts at 7 pm. 

Insects are all around us. Heather Stever will explain the difference between insects and arthropods, and why they are so important in Hawai'i. Attendees will also
learn about the arthropod diversity in the subalpine region of Maunakea and the important role these residents play in making Maunakea what it is.

insect collection Stever recently earned a Master of Science d egree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from UH Hilo, completing her thesis on arthropod diversity in Maunakea's subalpine region. She plans to continue studying Maunakea's arthropods when she enters the Entomology-PhD program at UH Manoa later this year.

About the Maunak
ea Speaker Series
The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

For more information visit or call 808-933-0734.     
FieldTripFundMahalo for Supporting the Field Trip Fund!

Mahlao nui loa to those who donated to the Field Trip Support Fund at our 11th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Nearly half of you who received the $10 membership discount at our birthday celebration donated School Bus Drawingthat amount (and some a bit more!) to the Field Trip Support Fund! The fund grew $395 that day thanks to your generosity!
If you missed that opportunity but would like to contribute to the 'Imiloa Field Trip Support Fund you may donate online or please contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at or 808-932-8921.
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

April 1 - April 30

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm     Skies Above Hawai'i (live show)
1 pm       Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm       Natural Selection
3 pm       Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Saturday Keiki Show
Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
April 7      Led Zeppelin
April 14    Led Zeppelin
April 21    Maunakea Skies
April 28    Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Natural Selection
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ImageImage of the Month

Saturn in Three-Color Mid-Infrared Composite

Images Credit_ NAOJ
Image Credit: NAOJ

Researchers using the Cooled Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectrometer (COMICS) on the Subaru telescope took these combined infrared images of Saturn and its beautiful system of rings back in 2008, but it wasn't until Dr. Hideaki Fujiwara recently went through the data from COMICS to produce an image of Saturn for public information purposes, that he noticed that the rings' appearance varied more significantly in mid-infrared light as opposed to visible light. This observation, compared with other observations over time, has allowed astronomers to analyze how the changes in the rings' tilt to the sun during Saturn's different seasons affect the thermal emission coming from the rings and allow astronomers to unlock secrets of the composition and formation of Saturn's beautiful rings.

"I am so happy that Subaru Telescope's public information activities, of which I am in charge, led to this scientific finding," said Dr. Fujiwara. "We are going to observe Saturn again in May 2017 and hope to investigate the nature of Saturn's rings further by taking advantages of observations with both space missions and ground-based telescopes."

Read the press release > 
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