Kilolani Masthead
Nowemapa (November) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 11
Gardens at 'Imiloa

New in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
Polynesian Voyage game
Set sail on a voyage to visit several beautiful islands, and learn about life in the South Pacific as you play the Polynesian Voyage game that is fun and educational for everyone in the family. 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, November 4 & 11 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,
November 25
at 7 pm.
Mahalo to our
Corporate Members!
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  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.

WayfindingFestivalMahalo for Joining us at 'Imiloa's 9th Annual Wayfinding Festival!

Mahalo nui to the community for joining us in celebrating Wayfinding Month! October was jam-packed with community activities centered around the theme of the wa'a (canoe), culminating with 'Imiloa's 9th Annual Wayfinding Festival on October 29, 2016. Hilo's newly carved canoe, Paliku, which was carved by volunteers throughout Wayfinding Month at Hilo Bayfront, occupied a place of honor on 'Imiloa's front lawn, as a major attraction at Wayfinding Festival. Check out the videos and photos on our blog post recapping Wayfinding Month and Wayfinding Festival!

2016 'Imiloa Wayfinding Festival video
MKSMaunakea Skies, November 18 at 7 pm

Dr. Mark Rawlings November's Topic:
Long-Wavelength Eyes on the Cosmos


Dr. Mark Rawlings, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (East Asian Observatory)

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Many remarkable astronomical discoveries have resulted from scientific observations across the realms of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum that lie beyond the domain of human vision. Learn more about this fascinating technology at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, November 18 at 7:00 pm with Dr. Mark Rawlings, Support Scientist at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (East Asian Observatory).

During his talk, Rawlings will focus on telescopes that observe at the longer wavelengths--the radio, submillimeter and infrared ranges--and discuss their complementary roles in observing the 'interstellar medium,' the material between stars. Despite being invisible to the human eye, the humble mixture of dust and gas that make up the interstellar medium is a fundamental component of the Universe and is actually central to the formation of galaxies, stars and planets. Come learn about astronomers' unexpected adventures and ongoing struggles to capture the faintest of signals from distant clouds in deep space. 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

November 1 - November 30

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm            Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm              Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm              Awesome Light 1:
                     Big Mirrors on the Mountain
3 pm              Back to the Moon for Good

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

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
November 4    Led Zeppelin
November 11  Led Zeppelin
November 18  Maunakea Skies
November 25  Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Back to the Moon for Good poster
Magic Tree House Space Mission
MemberEventHoliday Membership Appreciation Event

origami Christmas tree Save the date and keep an eye on your in-box! On Thursday, December 1, 'Imiloa will host our popular, annual holiday membership appreciation event. This is a special, free event for members. Look for an e-vite in your inbox towards the middle of the month.

If you have any questions about membership, contact Sally Marrack, Membership Coordinator, at or (808) 932-8926.
ImageMonthImage of the Month

Eye of Horus: Ancient Eye in the Sky    

Image credit: NAOJ

A unique consequence of Einstein's theory of relativity is the fact that objects that have mass can bend the fabric of space-time with their gravity. While objects with mass (including you) do this, the effect is very small unless you have a whole lot of mass (on the scale of a few hundred billion suns). This bending of space-time can alter how light travels through space. When objects are aligned just right, their image can be magnified; this is known as gravitational lensing.

In the enlarged image to the right above we are actually looking at three galaxies: a bright yellow galaxy in the foreground and two background galaxies which are being lensed, making two long arcs that appear to encircle the yellow foreground galaxy. While gravitational lensing is a useful technique and helps astronomers unlock new secrets from the early universe, it is a relatively rare occurrence as the Earth, the foreground object, and the background object need to be aligned just right. The Eye of Horus (pictured above) became a particularly unique opportunity to study the distant universe, as not just one galaxy is being lensed, but two. What's even more impressive is that the Eye of Horus was discovered not by a PhD Astronomer, but by undergraduate students participating in a class session organized by Subaru Telescope.

Read the press release >
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