Kilolani Masthead
Malaki (March) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 3
Gardens at 'Imiloa

Maunakea Coin Contest
2016 Maunakea Coin
All Hawai'i Island K-12 students are invited to enter the 2017 Maunakea Coin Contest through March 10, 2017 at the island's KTA Super Stores locations. Visit the coin contest website for the the entry form and additional information.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, March 10 & 24 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,
March 31 at 7 pm.

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Laupahoehoe Graphics gift pack
Looking for a gift that is ready to give? Laupahoehoe Graphics has packaged together a creative gift pack that includes the following: 8 colorful, assorted native bird reference notecards with envelopes, 8 assorted post cards to be colored, and 8 crayons. 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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Mahalo for your support of our programs. Please send your comments and feedback to our Membership Office at or call (808) 932-8926.

DarkTalkWhy is it Dark at Night? A Modern Look at Olber's Paradox

A Presentation by Dr. Tom Geballe of Gemini Observatory on Friday, March 3 at 7 pm

The sky is dark at night--this is a fundamental fact of cosmology that can be observed by everyone. This is also fundamental to our existence, to our physiology and to our cultures. The obvious answer to the question "why is it dark at night?" is that the sun is shining on the other side of the Earth, and the light of the distant stars is much weaker than the sun. But how is this possible when there are so many stars that have been shining for so long? And how dark is the sky? Is it dark only to eyes like ours that are sensitive to visible light, or is it also dark to infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray and radio "eyes?" 

Milky BowJoin us at 'Imiloa on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 pm as Dr. Tom Geballe of Gemini Observatory answers these questions and delves into historical and scientific attempts to understand this simple yet important observation. Dr. Geballe will discuss Olber's Paradox: a historical argument that states that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal "static universe." Olber's Paradox argues that if the universe is populated by an infinite amount of stars, and if the universe has existed for an infinite amount of time, then any sight line from Earth must end at the very bright surface of a star. This paradox states that the night sky should be bright in a static universe, contradicting the observed darkness of night. Read about the speaker >

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.
NEOThe NEO Hazard: NASA and Planetary Defense

A Presentation by Rob Landis and Dr. Kelly Fast on Saturday, March 11 at 7 pm

Near-Earth Objects or 'NEOs' are leftover bits of solar system jetsam and flotsam that have been nudged into orbit around the Earth, allowing them to come within our close vicinity. NASA recently established a new office to coordinate planetary defense-related activities to mitigate the hazard of potential impact by such asteroids. Learn more about possible asteroid impacts, and NASA protection efforts at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center's upcoming astronomy talk with Rob Landis and Dr. Kelly Fast on Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 pm.

Time-lapse image of a retrograde Oort cloud comet NASA JPL-Caltech
Time-lapse image of a retrograde Oort cloud comet NASA/JPL-Caltech
The creation of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) is a logical extension of NASA's NEO Observations program, which began nearly two decades ago. Since that program's inception in 1998, NASA-funded endeavors have discovered more than 98% of all new NEOs. Observatories on Hawai'i Island and Maui are key to these discoveries and help us better understand the makeup of these celestial vagabonds in our neighborhood.

In their presentation, Fast and Landis will share current efforts to detect, track, and characterize comets and asteroids that come close to Earth. They will also discuss the steps that NASA plans to take to deflect a potential asteroid on an impact trajectory.

Read about the speakers >

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.
MANUMANU 'Imiloa Outreach Taking Flight
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The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo is now accepting applications from Hawai'i Island middle school teachers interested in participating in the third year of the MANU 'Imiloa (Modern and Ancient ways of Navigating our Universe) outreach program. 'Imiloa will train and work with a specially selected cohort of 15 educators to introduce MANU 'Imiloa's interactive KOLEA curriculum into their schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Launched just three years ago, MANU 'Imiloa is an innovative outreach program which shares 'Imiloa's unique brand of culture-based science education in classrooms across the island and beyond. The KOLEA curriculum was inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society's epic Worldwide Voyage and is currently offered in 7th and 8th grade science, math or Hawaiian studies classes under the title of "He Manu He Wa'a, The Geometry of Wayfinding." It features the culture, history, geometry and astronomy that undergird traditional Polynesian non-instrumental navigation and challenges students to problem-solve by making sense of diverse relationships found in their environment.
The 2017-2018 KOLEA program will be limited to 15 enthusiastic and passionate middle school teachers across Hawai'i Island, all of whom will receive the following: a specialized training workshop from July 10-July 14, an instructional curriculum guide, access to customized educational materials and traveling kits, a complimentary outreach visit to their school, teacher support and networking. More details >

If you're a 7th or 8th grade teacher who is interested in being a part of this year's KOLEA cohort, we invite you to apply! Applications for the 15 places will open Wednesday, March 1 at 9:00 am and close April 30, 2017; selection committee decisions will be announced by May 15. Click here for full details on requirements and registration.

If you're ready to take your students on a remarkable new learning voyage without having to leave your own school or community, visit our outreach page or email
MKSMaunakea Skies, March 17 at 7 pm

HI-SEAS March's Topic:
Learning to Live on Mars...on Mauna Loa

Brian Shiro, HI-Seas

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Tucked away on the northern flank of Mauna Loa overlooking Maunakea is a white domed structure, where NASA is studying what it takes to live on Mars. This is the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, which is aimed at researching issues related to how crews will function on long-duration missions to Mars. HI-SEAS creates missions and recruits crewmembers who live in the Mars-like habitat for periods ranging from 4 to 12 months, in order to better understand the planet's living conditions. Learn more about this quest to make human life possible on the Red Planet at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk with Brian Shiro, Geology Lead at HI-SEAS on Friday, March 17 at 7 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. 
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

March 1 - March 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm     Skies Above Hawai'i (live show)
1 pm       Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm       To Space & Back
3 p m       Seven Wonders

Saturday Keiki Show
10 am     Our Place in Space

Evening Programming at 7 pm
Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

To Space & Back
seven wonders
Our Place in Space
BirthdayMahalo to the Community for Celebrating Our Birthday with Us!

More than 2,500 community members and visitors joined us at 'Imiloa for our 11th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, February 26. Keiki and adults alike enjoyed pounding kalo, creating DIY silly-putty, flying through the Universe in the planetarium, learning about native plants in the garden sale, discovering how to help prevent Rapid ʻOhiʻa Death, digging their hands into different varieties of limu (seaweed), enjoying delicious cake, interacting in the exhibit hall
video: 11th Birthday Celebration
and exploring the many other indoor and outdoor activities! 'Imiloa extends a big mahalo to everyone who joined us at our Birthday Celebration, and we hope you join us at 'Imiloa again soon!

Mahalo to KTA Super Stores for sponsoring our 11th Birthday Celebration. Because of KTA Super Stores' support, our birthday celebration was free to the public. A special thanks to the many volunteers and community organizations who created activities and staffed information booths during our special event:

KTA Super Stores
'Alala Project
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Gemini Observatory / AURA
Hale Paʻa Kaua
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge
'Imiloa Docents and Volunteers
Institute for Astronomy (IfA)
Kiwanis Club of East Hawai'i
Maunakea Forest Restoration Project
PISCES Hawaiʻi
Starbase Hawaiʻi
Subaru Telescope
UHH Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
UHH College of Pharmacy
UH CTAHR - Rapid ʻOhiʻa Death
UHH Marine Science Department

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ImageImage of the Month

Over 100 New Potential Exoplanets Discovered with HIRES at Keck Observatory

Artistic Conception Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez

In mid-February an international team of astronomers released research using instruments from the Keck Observatory on Maunakea which revealed more than 100 new exoplanets discovered elsewhere in our galaxy. The science of exoplanets is relatively young; the first discovery of a planet around another star was made back in the 1990's. However, as techniques and technologies improved astronomers have found and confirmed thousands of these planets. Keck Observatory uses a specialized instrument called the High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) to detect nearby stars wobbling back and forth. This motion is caused by the  gravitational pull of the orbiting planets. This observation is not easy as Keck Observatory Support Astronomer, Greg Doppmann, states, "Our scientific and technical support team brings their A-game daily--a precise focus on even the tiniest details--to ensure that these instruments are ready to deploy for each night of observing."

Read the press release > 
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