Kilolani Masthead
Kekemapa (December) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 12
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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Please note that 'Imiloa has transitioned to a new email system. We are now using email addresses rather than the previous addresses. Please add to your contacts so that Kilolani and 'Imiloa event emails do not end up in your spam or bulk mailbox. We appreciate your help and your patience as we make this transition. Mahalo!

CyberCANOE Presentation
Daily at 11:00 am
CyberCANOE Presentation
In addition to our planetarium programming we also offer a daily (Tues-Sun) 11:00 am live presentation exploring the relationship between earth and sky in our CyberCANOE (Collaborative, Analytics, Navigation and Observation Environment) data visualization theatre. Please join us in this intimate space which allows for lively dialogue and interaction between the audience and the presenter.
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 29 at 7:00 pm.

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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.

This Month's Articles at a Glance
OrigamiTreeIt's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Colorful mermaids, unicorns, angels, centaurs, Pegasus's, dragons, and even a Medusa can be found dancing among the branches of the origami-bedecked holiday tree that went on display in the 'Imiloa atrium
on November 27. This year's tree features a unique collection of paper-folded "fantastic creatures" that were originally displayed on the  2007 Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Our tree is Imiloa Origami Christmas tree 2017
topped with a dramatic red Kusudama Star folded especially for 'Imiloa by Dr. Julien Lozi, Senior Optical Scientist at Subaru Telescope.
Come visit the center and see how many mythical and fantastic creatures you can identify on our tree. Visitors will receive a free origami pattern and folding paper as long as supplies last. 
The intricately folded ornaments were generously donated to 'Imiloa two years ago by Al Miyatake, a friend of the center and longtime Japan Airlines staff member who put together an origami holiday tree for display at the JAL check-in counter at Kona International Airport. 'Imiloa's origami models were folded by talented volunteers with Origami USA, the New York-based educational and cultural arts organization responsible for the annual origami tree that is a 40+ year holiday tradition at the natural history museum.

'Imiloa's holiday tree will be on display into January in the atrium of the center at 600 'Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets in the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Science & Technology Park. The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 
DonateAnd Here's Our Holiday Wish List!
As 'Imiloa wraps up another busy year of programming, we've put together a Wish List of things we'd love to find under our Christmas tree! For would-be Santa's out there, here are some ways you can donate now to benefit our programs and operations in 2018: 
  • Field Trip Support Fund: Help 'Imiloa maintain our promise to provide free round-trip bus transportation to all Big Island schools sending students to the center on field trips!
  • Planetarium Fund: Help 'Imiloa maintain the cutting-edge for our planetarium equipment and program content.
  • Landscaping Fund: Help 'Imiloa fulfill our vision to turn our native landscape gardens into an outdoor educational exhibit.
  • Enrichment Fund: Help 'Imiloa seize unanticipated opportunities and fill gaps in our programming where the need is greatest.

Please consider including 'Imiloa on your holiday gift list. If you have any questions please contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement at 808-932-8921 or Mahalo and Happy Holidays! 

FirstFridayFirst Friday at 'Imiloa, December 1

Join us for another First Friday at 'Imiloa on Friday, December 1, when 'Imiloa offers extended hours until 8:00 pm, and a live astronomy presentation in First Friday logoour interactive CyberCANOE exhibit at 7:00 pm. Regular admission prices apply, but as always, admission to the center is free for 'Imiloa members.
MKSMaunakea Skies, December 15 at 7 pm

December 's Topic:
Feel, See and Color the Universe

Kilonova_ neutron star collision Speaker:
Dr. Gordon Squires, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)
Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

Scientists have teamed up with artists to create astonishingly detailed visuals to help us better understand complex astronomical discoveries-presenting science as stunning works of art that allow us to view astronomy through a different perspective. Learn more about the fascinating connections between art and science at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Gordon K. Squires, Lead of Communications, Education and Public Outreach at TMT. Read more >

'Imiloa's monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Each presentation begins with a stunning tour of the current night sky over Hawai'i Island, featuring stars, constellations, and planets visible to the unaided eye. 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. 
PlanetariumNew Planetarium Show Lineup
December 1 - 31

Saturday Keiki Show
10 am  Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
Friday Evening Planetarium Programming at 7 pm
December 8   Navigating the Night Sky
December 15 Maunakea Skies
December 22 Holiday Music Magic
December 29 Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule
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GiftMembershipsGive 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 presents.jpggift-giver around! 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.
GiftstoreUnique Gifts for Christmas and Special Occasions

If you're looking for one-of-a-kind special gifts for your family and loved ones, come to 'Imiloa's retail Palila store where an assortment of unique, fun and educational merchandise awaits you! We have something for everyone!

If you're a book lover or looking to buy a special book, come and check out our selections. From Palila's Great Journey, about the local endangered bird's journey to find its way home, and the recently published MalamaHonua, Hokulea - A Voyage of Hope, based on the voyage Hokulea book and 3D model completed earlier this year, to Spinoff 2017
produced by NASA, featuring some commercial technologies that originated from NASA's mission and research, you'll be sure to find something for yourself or that special someone. To top it off, Spinoff 2017 is specially priced at only $5!

For fun and educational children's items for stocking stuffers or holiday gifts, there's the ever-popular and tasty astronaut ice-cream or the beautiful 3-D wood model kit of the Hokulea or those adorable stuffed planet toys and the solar system model kit.
Molecular jewelry For those seeking quality jewelry, there's the exquisite collection of 'Imiloa's Wayfinding bracelets, earrings and pendants or the line of unique and attractive necklaces and earrings inspired by molecules and the science that surrounds them.

Looking for wearables? Choose from specialty shirts and beanies to scarfs.

For the avid star gazer, be sure SkyQuest Orion Telescope to check out the awesome Skyquest Orion telescopes!

Christmas is just around the corner. Whether it's for grandparents, parents, children, relatives or friends, there's something special for everyone at the retail store. Stock is limited, so be sure to shop early! Best of all, you'll also be supporting 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, where we strive to bring science and culture together for the benefit of our island, our children and our future.

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!
ImageofMonthImage of the Month

'Oumuamua, First Known Interstellar Visitor

Artist's impression. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
In October, astronomers at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy (IfA) made a stunning discovery with the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on Maui: the first interstellar object seen passing through our Solar System. Originally denoted A/2017 U1 (with the A for asteroid), the body is now the first to receive an I (for interstellar) designation from the International Astronomical Union, which created the new category after this discovery. In addition, it has been officially given the name "'Oumuamua." The name, which was chosen in consultation with 'Imiloa Astronomy Center and Hawaiian language expert Larry Kimura, reflects this object's role as a "scout" or "messenger" sent from the distant past to reach out to us ('ou means "reach out for," and mua, with the second mua placing emphasis, means "first, in advance of").
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