Kilolani Masthead
'Aukake (August) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 8
Gardens at 'Imiloa

Saturday Keiki Hour
Keiki are invited to participate in interactive programming and activities exploring "Earth, Sea, and Sky" in the exhibit hall during Keiki Hour every Saturday in August at 10 am.
Available in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
Trucker hat special
Buy any 'Imiloa T-shirt and get a 'Made to Explore' trucker hat for only $5! While supplies last. 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!
Summer Camp a Success!
Summer Camp 2017
Mahalo to all keiki who participated in Technologies of Tomorrow summer intersession camp at 'Imiloa. We loved the excitement and energy that you brought to the center!
Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate Member!

Ke Kaiao Member

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Mahalo to our

Corporate Members!
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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.

FirstFriday First Friday at 'Imiloa, August 4
Thank you again to those who participated in 'Imiloa's first-ever membership focus groups held in March. We Exhibit Hall Canoecontinue to roll out new initiatives based on your feedback. Since many of you mentioned wanting to visit the center after-hours, we are excited to introduce First Friday at 'Imiloa. Please join us on August 4 for our first First Friday at 'Imiloa, offering extended hours until 8 pm, with a live astronomy presentation in our interactive CyberCANOE exhibit at 7 pm. Regular admission prices apply. As always, admission to the center is free for 'Imiloa members.
PlanetariumUpdatePlanetarium Update

We regret that the 'Imiloa Planetarium continues to remain closed as we wait for the delivery of a critical piece of equipment. Earlier this summer, the Planetarium's central power supply was damaged in a sudden electrical surge, and it was determined that we needed to purchase a replacement from the mainland.  'Imiloa is using the opportunity of this unanticipated downtime to do other renovation work inside the dome, including some seat reupholstery work. We don't yet have a date for reopening, but please stay tuned for an announcement and plan on coming in later in the summer to enjoy a refreshed Planetarium experience! We apologize for this inconvenience and hope you will take advantage of some of the new live astronomy programming recently introduced into the CyberCANOE area of the Exhibit Hall.
OhiaLoveFestFirst Annual 'Ohi'a Love Fest, August 27
Ohia Love Fest

Join us at 'Ohi'a Love Fest on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm at 'Imiloa for a fun FREE festival celebrating 'ohi'a trees! There will be information on Rapid 'Ohi'a Death (ROD), along with demonstrations on how to reduce the spread of ROD, entertainment, talks, games, prizes, face painting, a photo booth, educational booths and displays, crafts, free admission into 'Imiloa, food, and so much more!

We will also be offering $10 off all levels of 'Imiloa membership, whether you are new to 'Imiloa or renewing your membership. This discount will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, August 27. Even if your membership isn't about to expire, you are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early! And if you aren't a member yet, Become a Member ...and Make Every Day a Free Day!

This will be a zero-waste event, so donʻt forget your reusable water bottle! Weʻll have free refill-stations with ice-cold water!

For more information about Rapid 'Ohi'a Death please visit: or Find us on Facebook!

Proudly Hosted and Sponsored by: The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the University of Hawai'i, Hawai'i County Council Member Eileen OʻHara, and the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. This event in in collaboration with the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center.
NavigatingNightSkyNavigating the Night Sky, August 11 & 25
2017 Aug Navigating the Night SkyNavigating the Night Sky is a new interactive program that features observations from the Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Maunakea, coupled with a presentation by 'Imiloa staff on the oceanic navigational starlines and Hawaiian Star Compass. Join us Fridays, August 11 & 25 at 7:00 pm.
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.

MKSMaunakea Skies, August 18 at 7 pm
August 's Topic:
Utilizing Hawaiian Basalt to Learn How to Build on Other Planets
2017 Aug MKS Rodrigo Romo
Photo credit: Jamilia Epping

Rodrigo Romo, PISCES

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

If we are going to build a base on another planet, or moon, we will need to learn how to utilize the available resources as construction materials. For the past three years Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) has been researching different ways in which Hawaiian basalt can be utilized to produce construction-quality materials. The research done by PISCES in collaboration with NASA and Honeybee Robotics has led to various research proposals currently being evaluated. Get updated on the work being done in this arena at 'Imiloa's next Maunakea Skies talk with Rodrigo Romo, PISCES Program Manager, on Friday, August 18 at 7:00 pm. 

'Imiloa's monthly Maunakea Skies presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. 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

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Tracing the Movement of Ancient Hawaiian Adzes through the Islands
A presentation by Dr. Peter Mills, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Anthropology

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday, August 24 from 7 pm to 8 pm at UH Hilo, Wentworth Room #1 (auditorium).

Professor Peter Mills (anthropology, UH Hilo) will present an overview of his work with Professor Steve Lundblad (geology, UH Hilo) in using non-destructive energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) to study the dispersal of ancient Hawaiian stone tools throughout the islands. Their work has helped define the role of the Maunakea adze quarry and other stone tool quarries in ancient Hawaiian economies, inter-island voyaging, and trade.

Dr. Peter Mills is an archaeologist who has been making his own stone tools since the 1980s, and who Maunakea Adz quarry focuses broadly on issues of Hawaiian culture from pre-contact and colonial eras. He has been teaching at UH Hilo since 1997, is a former chair of the department of anthropology, and is currently serving as director of UH Hilo's new MA in Heritage Management.
The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

About the Maunakea 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.
ImageImage of the Month

Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Image credits: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran @ public domain

Large enough to swallow three Earths, Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been observed for centuries. As the Juno spacecraft orbits the massive planet, the citizen science-operated JunoCam is capturing unique pictures of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere. These pictures are available to the public to process and enhance. This beautiful shot of Jupiter's famous storm was enhanced and processed by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran. The enhanced colors of the storm allow us to see wind patterns in the turbulent atmosphere, making it somewhat reminiscent of a renaissance painting. Learn more > 
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