Kilolani Masthead
Kekemapa (December) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 12
Gardens at 'Imiloa

Available in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
2017 Hawaiian Calendar
Just in: Year 2017 Ancient Hawaiian Moon Calendars Related to Fishing and Farming. They make great holiday gifts! 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, December 2, 9 & 23 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,
December 30
at 7 pm.
Mahalo to our New Corporate Member!

Ke Kaiao Member
Parents Inc logo 
Mahalo to our

Corporate Members!
Ka Ho'okele Member

Matson logo

Ke Kapena Members
Big Island Candies logo
HPM logo
Kamehameha Schools logo

Ka Haweo Members

Oceanic TWC logo

PGV Ormat logo
  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.

This Month's Articles at a Glance
DonateHelp 'Imiloa Reach New Heights in 2017!
December is a season of giving, and we hope you will think about 'Imiloa as you plan your year-end charitable donations. Members and friends like you have helped make this a milestone year for 'Imiloa, and with your continued support we can reach new heights in 2017!
happy kids at Imiloa
Look at what you helped us accomplish this year:
  • Celebration of the 10th anniversary of our 2006 opening with a festive family free day sponsored by KTA Super Stores for 3,000 children and other community members!
  • Culture-based STEM programming offered on site for nearly 10,000 K-12 students!
  • First-ever U.S. mainland programming for an audience of 1,600 people in Washington, D.C. and New York City, in coordination with the Hokule'a's Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage!
  • Installation of dazzling new interactive exhibits donated by Subaru Telescope: the World Wide Telescope, an upgraded 4D2U 3-D Theatre and the PANOPTES Platform for observing exoplanets!
  • Formal launch of our new mobile science outreach program, MANU 'Imiloa, reaching 6,000 students, teachers and community members across the state and beyond!
  • Opening of our CyberCANOE virtual reality environment enabling 'Imiloa to host our first scientific visualization classes connecting students at UH Hilo and other UH campuses!
  • Introduction of free membership for all registered students at UH Hilo and Hawai'i Community College!
Help make our second decade as significant as our first by making a gift to 'Imiloa. If you have any questions please contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement at 808-932-8921 or Mahalo nui loa!
GiftMembershipGive the Gift That Lasts All Year

Just in time for the holiday season, an 'Imiloa gift membership can be your ticket to becoming the best gift-giver around!picture of presents With free admission to the 'Imiloa exhibit hall, free entry to daily planetarium shows, special discounts, and members-only events, the tax-deductible gift of membership means your lucky recipient has everything needed to be merry and bright all year long. Gift memberships can be purchased online, at our front desk, or by phone by calling the front desk at 808-932-8901 or the membership office at 808-932-8926.
MKSMaunakea Skies, December 16 at 7 pm

December's Topic:

Jupiter, Juno and
the NASA Infrared Juno Telescope (IRTF)

Dr. John Rayner, Director of IRTF

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

One of the most fascinating elements of modern astronomy is the stream of recent exoplanet discoveries--planets circling other stars. Extensive research and development is currently underway in order to better understand how these planets are formed and to identify those which may be capable of supporting human life. Learn more about the formation of planets and other related science phenomena at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, December 16 at 7:00 pm, presented by Dr. John Rayner, Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Maunakea.

Dr. Rayner will also discuss how the NASA IRTF is providing supporting observations for NASA's own Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Jupiter, measuring the planet's composition and increasing our understanding of how it was formed. Jupiter is by far the largest planet in the solar system, and knowledge of its properties is key to understanding the formation of our solar system and possibly other planetary systems. Dr. Rayner will describe the Juno mission and the role of this spacecraft in this epic quest for knowledge.

Read about the speaker >

'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. 
OpinionWe Want Your Opinion
Early in 2017 'Imiloa will be launching a market research project to evaluate our membership programmarket research and find out what you, our 'ohana, think about the benefits and opportunities of being a member here at the center. To help us get started in January, Dr. Tom DeWitt, Professor of Marketing at UH Hilo, has generously agreed to moderate several Focus Group sessions, at which we'll invite members like you to sit down and tell us what you think! If you would be interested in participating in a 60-minute Focus Group together with other 'Imiloa members, please email, and we'll be back in touch early in the new year!
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

December 1 - December 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm     Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm       Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm       Awesome Light 2 (3D): Seeing the Invisible
3pm        Mystery of the Christmas Star

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

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
December 2     Led Zeppelin
December 9     Led Zeppelin
December 16   Maunakea Skies
December 23   Led Zeppelin
December 30   Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Awesome Light II
Mystery of the Christmas Star poster

ImageImage of the Month

Largest Known Disc Galaxy: Malin 1

Malin 1
Image Credit: Boissier/A&A/ESO/CFHT
Malin 1 is a unique galaxy that was discovered relatively recently, in 1986. Today this giant low-surface-brightness galaxy is changing how astronomers think these massive galaxies can form. Astronomers using the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and its Next Generation Virgo Survey obtained new deep images of Malin 1. These images give a whole new perspective of Malin 1's massive galactic disk. Using these images and data, a team of researchers compared color variations and brightness of stars at different distances from the galaxy's center to unlock the history of how and where stars formed in Malin 1.

CFHT's Mary Beth Laychak went on Hawaii News Now and KITV Island News to discuss this discovery and how it is changing the way we think about the formation of large low-surface-brightness galaxies.

Read the press release >
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