Kilolani Masthead
Nowemapa (November) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 11
Gardens at 'Imiloa

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,
November 24 at 7 pm.

New in the
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'Imiloa Store
2017 Wayfinding Apparel
The newly designed Wayfinding tees have arrived! Available in cotton (blue) and Sport-Tek (gray). 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!
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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
MessagefromKaiuA Message from the Executive Director

Aloha kakou e ka'ohana 'Imiloa!

We are very excited to introduce to you new 'Imiloa staff members who recently joined our team from other units at UH Hilo! Please join us in welcoming:
  • Lisa Hadway Spain, Deputy Director
  • Yu Yok Pearring, Director of Marketing
  • Walter Dudoit, Campus Event Specialist
  • Melodie Agbayani, Assistant to the Director
  • Cami Nagata, Event Planning Specialist
  • Lorraine Kai, Administrative Assistant
Our new staff, and their combined functions, will strengthen 'Imiloa's role as a hub for strategic educational programming targeted at local, national, and global communities, expanding the reach of 'Imiloa and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. This amplified capacity will help 'Imiloa to strengthen our educational programs and experiences while increasing the visibility of 'Imiloa, UH Hilo, and Hawai'i Island itself as a unique and enriching education destination.

I'd be remiss not to also acknowledge the return of our Navigator-in-Residence, Kalepa Baybayan, after 3 years on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. He returns to his kuleana with navigation content oversight, education program and experience development, as well as strategic and operational leadership. We are very excited to have Kalepa back on board, sharing the experiences and wisdom gained during this historic voyage around the world.

-- Ka'iu Kimura
FirstFridayFirst Friday at 'Imiloa, November 3

Join us for another First Friday at 'Imiloa on Friday, November 3, 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, November 17 at 7 pm

TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet System November 's Topic:
UKIRT and the Amazing TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet System

Dr. Bob McLaren, UKIRT Observatory
Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

UKIRT Observatory on Maunakea is currently studying a fascinating system of small planets that are orbiting a nearby cool red star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are considered to be in the habitable zone, where conditions would allow liquid water to exist on the surface, potentially allowing for the existence of life. Learn more about this quest for knowledge at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 pm, with Dr. Bob McLaren, Director at UKIRT Observatory. 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. 
MaunakeaSpeakerSeriesMaunakea Speaker Series

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He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above
"In losing the sight of land, you discover the stars"

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at UH Hilo, Wentworth Hall, Room #1.

Kalepa Baybayan will share his knowledge of deep sea voyaging and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea. His talk will also cover the recently completed Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the epic journey of the iconic double-hulled sailing canoe, Hokule'a, which traveled 42,000 nautical miles over 3 years, visiting 150 ports in over 20 countries, while training a new generation of navigators, educators, scientists, and community stewards.
Kalepa BaybayanBorn and raised in Lahaina, Maui, Kalepa Baybayan first sailed on Hokule'a in 1975 and has sailed on all major Hokule'a voyages since. Kalepa has served as captain on Hokule'a as well as the voyaging canoes Hawai'iloa and Hokualaka'i. He was the Site Director of Honuakai, the Exploration Sciences Division of the 'Aha Punana Leo Inc. He currently serves as the Navigator in Residence at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i developing wayfinding activities and curriculum materials, and conducting outreach. In 2007, along with four other Hokule'a navigators, Kalepa was initiated into the order of Pwo, a two-thousand-year-old society of deep-sea navigators, by master navigator Mau Piailug on the island of Satawal.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

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 about this series, visit the Maunakea Speaker Series webpage or call 808-933-0734.
PlanetariumNew Planetarium Show Lineup

November 1 - 30

Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm Skies Above Hawai'i (live show)
1 pm   Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm   Awesome Light 2: Seeing the Invisible
3 pm   We Are Astronomers

Saturday Keiki Show
10 am Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Friday Evening Planetarium Programming at 7 pm
November 10 Navigating the Night Sky
November 17 Maunakea Skies
November 24 Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule
Awesome Light II   We Are Astronomers  Legends Orion 
MemberHolidayEventHoliday Membership Appreciation Event

origami Christmas treeSave the date and keep an eye on your in-box! On Thursday, November 30, '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 next week.

If you have any questions about membership, contact Sally Marrack, Membership Coordinator, at or (808) 932-8926.
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Maunakea Observatories Follow Up Gravitational Wave Discovery 
Image Credit: NAOJ/Nagoya University
Back in June, 'Imiloa invited Dr. Michitoshi Yoshida, Director of Subaru Telescope to present at one of our Maunakea Skies talks. Dr. Yoshida spoke about The Search for the Origin of Gold in the merging of neutron stars during events known as kilonovae. He explained that while kilonovae were predicted phenomena, they had not at that point actually been observed. In mid-August of this year, teams from around the world used gravitational wave detectors to track down the first ever observed kilonova, a violent event which can trigger the creation of elemental gold. Optical telescopes are now following up on these exciting observations to find the light emitted from these violent events.
In the figure above we see three-color false-color composite images showing the time evolution of the optical and near-infrared counterpart of the new gravity wave observation. These counterparts were made using data from the Subaru Telescope (z-band, blue) and IRSF (H-band, green; Ks-band, red).  
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