Kilolani Masthead
Mei (May) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 5
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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'Imiloa Store
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New 'Imiloa keiki t-shirts: "Keiki Wayfinder" and "This keiki will go" available in various colors in youth sizes XS-L. 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, May 5 & 12 at 7 pm. See the music come to life!
Lahaina Noon
Mark your calendars so that you don't miss witnessing Lahaina Noon this month. It will be visible in Hilo (weather permitting) on May 18th at 12:17 pm. This phenomenon, where the sun is exactly overhead, brings the shadow of the beams in our atrium skylight into alignment with our floor mosaic, "Voyage of the Navigator."
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,
May 26 at 7:30 pm.

Videos of Merrie Monarch Cultural Enrichment Workshops
We hope you were able to celebrate Merrie Monarch week with us! If you would like to see more videos and highlights from Merrie Monarch week at 'Imiloa please visit our YouTube page.
Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate Members!

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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.

CampSummer Camp Early Registration for Members Starts May 2

Summer Camp 2017: Technologies of Tomorrow 
Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp flyer 2017Join us for a fun and educational summer camp consisting of engaging activities about Astronomy, Natural Environment, Marine Science, Technology and Aviation! Camp is open to students who have completed grades 1-6.

Cost: $225 for 'Imiloa members, $250 for general public.

Registration for 'Imiloa members begins Tuesday, May 2 at 9 am. General enrollment begins Friday, May 5 at 9 am.

To Register: Complete the Camp Registration Form and return to 'Imiloa's front desk along with payment. Your registration is not complete until you return the Camp Registration form, signed by you and your child, along with full tuition payment. 'Imiloa is open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm (closed Mondays).
AstroDayAstroDay Festival 2017 at PKP, May 6th

Come celebrate astronomy and Hawaiian culture at the 16th Annual AstroDay Festival on Saturday, May 6th from 10am to 4pm at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. AstroDay 2017The Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee presents AstroDay, featuring over 40 exhibits, demonstrations and activity areas, and musical performances throughout Prince Kuhio Plaza. The Maunakea Collectors' Coin will also be available that day. Please click image for more information.
CarltonCollegeFar-Sighted Philanthropy: The Minnesota Connection
Carlton College Alumni  
So far this spring more than 500 Big Island schoolchildren have benefited from free field trip transportation to 'Imiloa, thanks to generous philanthropy from an unusual source-a small group of alumni from Carleton College in Minnesota!

A typical day at 'Imiloa sees a wide variety of visitors coming through the door...businesspeople meeting over breakfast at Sky Garden, tour groups stopping en route to Volcano National Park, K-12 students piling off schoolbuses for field trips, community members checking in for an event in Moanahoku Hall. December 2, 2016 began as one such ordinary day, but by the time it was over, an inspiration had struck and within a month, a total of $5,900 had been raised to support 2017 field trips to 'Imiloa by Big Island schools. Read more >

Each year 'Imiloa opens our doors to 10,000+ K-12 schoolchildren for curriculum-related field trips, and we are grateful for the support from private donors which makes it possible for us to offset the cost of many of their visits. If you would like to donate to 'Imiloa's Field Trip Support fund, please go online. Or contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at (808) 932-8921 or
MKSMaunakea Skies, May 19 at 7 pm
May 's Topic:
Black hole A Telescope the Size of the Earth

Dr. Alison Peck, representing Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA)

Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

We've all seen black holes popping up in science fiction movies and even in some 'end of the world' theories, but do black holes really exist and, if so, can we find them? The answer is yes--with the help of telescopes from around the world, including observatories on Maunakea. Learn more about black holes and how we can spot them by linking telescopes across the globe to create ' A Telescope the Size of the Earth,' at 'Imiloa's next Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm with Dr. Alison Peck, representing the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) on Maunakea.

In April 2017, astronomers worked together to combine advanced technology in an extraordinary technique called Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) linking ground based instruments around the world to create, in effect, one giant telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). 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. 
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Using Environmental Data to Model Habitat Suitability on Maunakea

A Presentation by Nathan Stephenson, M.S., Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Wednesday, May 31, from 7 pm to 8 pm at the UH Hilo Science & Technology Building, room 108 (auditorium).

Determining suitable habitat is a key component in conservation management of species, but can be difficult in high-altitude and challenging landscapes. Nathan Stephenson will explain the different environmental data layers necessary to model suitable habitat for alpine arthropod species on Maunakea and how those layers were collected.

Stephenson, a recent graduate of the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Master's Degree from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, focused his thesis on modeling the geographic range and suitable habitat for the endemic wekiu bug (Nysius wekiuicola). Nathan now works for the May 2017 Maunakea Speaker SeriesUniversity of Hawai'i at Hilo and continues to collect environmental data using unmanned aerial systems and terrestrial laser scanners.
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 Maunak ea 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.     
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

May 1 - May 31

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm     Skies Above Hawai'i (live show)
1 pm       Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm       Dawn of the Space Age
3 pm       We Are Astronomers
Saturday Keiki Show
Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
May 5      Led Zeppelin
May 12    Led Zeppelin
May 19    Maunakea Skies
May 26    Stargazing Live (at 7:30 pm for May-July)

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Design of the Space Age
We Are Astronomers
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Ancient Unique Galaxy Observed Using Keck Observatory

Image Credit: Leonard Doublet/Swineburne University of Technology
An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, spotted a massive, inactive galaxy from a time when the Universe was only 1.65 billion years old. This rare discovery, made using the world-class W.M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, could change the way scientists think about the evolution of galaxies. The image above is an artist's impression of the galaxy ZF-COSMOS-20115. The galaxy has likely blown off all the gas that caused its rapid star formation and mass growth, and rapidly turned into a compact red galaxy. Astronomers expect most galaxies from this epoch to be low-mass minnows, busily forming stars. However, this galaxy is 'a monster' and inactive.

"This discovery sets a new record for the earliest massive red galaxy. It is an incredibly rare find that poses a new challenge to galaxy evolution models to accommodate the existence of such galaxies much earlier in the Universe," says Professor Karl Glazebrook of Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, the lead author of this exciting research.

Read the press release >
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