Kilolani Masthead
'Okakopa (October) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 10
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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Magnetic Levitator
The Magnetic Levitator is a kinetic motion toy that is great fun for any desk or office. Give the magnetically floating spindle a gentle spin to watch it rotate in a state of near-perpetual motion for several minutes. 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 date is Friday, October 7 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,
October 28
at 7 pm.
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WayfindingMonthOctober is Wayfinding Month

A Celebration of an Ancient Art

For generations the starry heavens guided deep-sea voyagers from island to island across Oceania, pointing the direction to new landfalls and marking pathways to lead them home. This history of human exploration across Earth's largest ocean is truly one of the world's epic tales of human migration. Early voyagers constructed sophisticated seagoing canoes from available natural resources, then sailed across open ocean using the light of the stars and cues from nature as their guides. To celebrate centuries of non-instrument navigation, Hawai'i County Mayor Billy Kenoi has officially proclaimed October as Wayfinding Month, with a schedule of community activities centered around the theme of the wa'a (canoe).

Preparation for the festivities began in mid September with the ceremonial cutting of an albizia tree for transfer to the shores of Hilo's Bayfront. There, na kalai wa'a (canoe carvers) are set to begin the carving and creation of a wa'a kaukahi (single-hulled canoe). The public is invited to watch the initial construction and transformation of the tree from a log to a canoe hull on Tuesday, October 4 - Thursday, October 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Hilo Bayfront. The community can continue to watch the construction of the wa'a during "Wa'a Wednesdays" taking place October 12, 19 and 26 from 9 am to 3 pm, with an opportunity to talk story with some of the men and women who have been involved in the modern Hawaiian movement to perpetuate canoe carving. Following its completion and a community blessing, the wa'a will be launched into Hilo Bay waters on Friday, October 28 at 10:00 am.

The County is urging schools to sign up their classes for field trip excursions to Hilo's Bayfront throughout the month of October to observe the canoe building in action and learn about the art of wayfinding and canoe carving. To take advantage of this educational opportunity, schedule a field trip by calling Kalani Kahalioumi at the County of Hawai'i Offices at 808-961-8688.

Other Wayfinding activities throughout the month of October include Wa'a Talks with members of 'Ohana Wa'a at Richardson's Ocean Center on October 13 at 4:00 p
m and a Wayfinding Talk at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center on October 14 at 7:00 pm. A Temple of Children Mele Mural activity will take place on October 22 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Palekai, Radio Bay.

Special thanks to the County of Hawai'i and the Kohala Village Hub for support of Wayfinding Month.
WayfindingFestivalAnnual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival

Culminating Wayfinding Month will be 'Imiloa's 9th Annual Wayfinding and Navigation Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 9 am to 4 pm. This annual event celebrates the historic feats of Pacific navigators and current day efforts to revive and expand celestial navigation skills and interest in long distance deep-sea canoe voyaging that connects the many indigenous island communities in the Pacific Ocean. This year's festival will feature Hilo's newest canoe, carved during Wayfinding Month, plus special planetarium programming and canoe activities for the entire 'ohana. Thanks to support from the County of Hawai'i and the Kohala Village Hub, this event is free and open to the public.

MKSMaunakea Skies, October 21 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.

Artist's rendering courtesy of TMT International Observatory
October's Topic:
Scientific and Engineering Challenges of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) 


Dr. Masanori Iye, TMT - Japan Representative


Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

While initially planned by institutions in North America, the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has grown into an ambitious multinational partnership involving institutes from Japan, China, India, in addition to the U.S. and Canada. The public is invited to learn more about the Japanese perspective on TMT and the progress and challenges of building this next-generation instrument at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center's next Maunakea Skies talk on October 21 at 7:00 pm, presented by Dr. Masanori Iye, TMT-Japan Representative. Read more >

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

October 1 - October 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm          Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm            Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm            Wildest Weather in the Solar System
3 pm            Two Small Pieces of Glass

Saturday Keiki Show
10am           Legends of the Night Sky:
                   Perseus & Andromeda

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
October 7     Led Zeppelin
October 14   'Imiloa Wayfinding Talk
October 21   Maunakea Skies
October 28   Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Two Small Pieces Of Glass
Perseus & Andromeda
ImageMonthImage of the Month

Terzan 5, a Relic from the Early Milky Way

Image credits: Hubble/F. Ferraro

An international team of astronomers using the Keck Observatory on Maunakea as well as the Hubble Space Observatory have conducted a detailed study of Terzan 5, a star cluster that is thought to be a "living fossil" from the early days of our galaxy. By observing in both optical and infrared wavelengths the astronomers have studied two distinct populations of stars: younger stars that are rich with heavier elements and stars that are roughly 7 billion years older and thus have fewer heavy elements. By analyzing this star system astronomers are able to gain a better understanding of how our Milky Way, as well as other galaxies, came into being.

Read the press release > 
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