Kilolani Masthead
'Okakopa (October) 2017
Volume 12, Issue 10
Gardens at 'Imiloa

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Monthly Sky Watch Article
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'Imiloa is excited to announce that we are now regular contributors to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! Written by Kalepa Baybayan, 'Imiloa's Navigator-in-Residence, and Emily Peavy, planetarium technician support facilitator, our monthly Sky Watch article will appear in the newspaper on the last Sunday of the month. We will share the upcoming month's sky chart and highlights of the night sky. This information can also be found on our blog, with a link on the upper left sidebar of Kilolani. Please check out October's Sky Watch and let us know what you think!
First Friday at 'Imiloa
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Join us for another First Friday at 'Imiloa on Friday, October 6, with extended hours until 8 pm, and a live astronomy presentation in our interactive CyberCANOE exhibit at 7:00 pm. Regular admission prices apply. As always, admission to the center is free for 'Imiloa members.
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,
October 27 at 7 pm.

Available in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
The Navigators DVD
The Navigators, a DVD documentary by Sam Low, is the story of courageous seafarers who sailed across ten million square miles of empty ocean. Learn how thousands of years ago, navigating without charts or instruments, Polynesians settled the vast Pacific Ocean. 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!
It's Holiday Party Time!
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Planning your holiday party? Contact Kapua for assistance, planning, and available dates. (808) 932-8902 or
Welcome to our New Corporate Member! 
Ka Li'ula Member
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Mahalo to our

Corporate Members!
Ka Ho'okele Members

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Ke Kapena Members
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Ka Haweo 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.

WayfindingFestivalAnnual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival
Sponsored by the Ama OluKai Foundation

Honor the art, science and culture of oceanic navigation at 'Imiloa's Tenth Annual Wayfinding Festival, on Sunday, October 29, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year's theme, "Bringing Home Lessons of the Worldwide Voyage," will feature a special panel discussion with crewmembers from the recently completed Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, along with exciting wa'a (canoe) activities themed around Hawai'i's iconic double-hulled sailing canoe, Hokule'a. Come learn about the epic 3-year journey of Hokule'a, which traveled 42,000 nautical miles, visiting 150 ports in more than 20 countries, while training a new generation of navigators, educators, scientists and community stewards.

2017 Wayfinding Festival flyerThe festival will also reprise the very popular Wa'a Iron Chef Contest, in which crewmember contestants are challenged to get creative preparing a meal using a galley box limited to foods and tools typically available on a voyaging canoe. Watch the cooking contest go down as crewmembers compete to create the 'ono winning dish! Keiki will be able to enjoy indoor and outdoor voyaging activities, and all are invited to take advantage of special planetarium programming and full access to 'Imiloa's interactive Exhibit Hall. Thanks to support from the Ama OluKai Foundation, this event is free and open to the public. Read more >
FieldTripsInspiring New Explorers

"Thank you for an awesome field trip...I learned that the pressure of air on Maunakea is the weight of 3 gorillas. I also learned that Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. One more thing I learned is that you can keep ice cream frozen on Mars!
- 4th grader, E.B. De Silva Elementary School, Hilo
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If you happened to be in the 'Imiloa Exhibit Hall on a school day this past year, chances are you noticed an energetic group of schoolchildren exploring with their teachers and a member of the 'Imiloa education team!

The 2016-2017 school year saw a record number of field trips at 'Imiloa, according to coordinator Punawai Rice, who arranged a total of 235 separate field trips and hosted 10,566 participants! Where did they come from? 85% from the State of Hawai'i, 11% from four overseas countries (Japan, Canada, China, and Australia), and 3% from 14 mainland U.S. states (New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Utah, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Alaska, California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri)!

The largest share (67%) of Hawai'i-originating groups came from the Big Island, with about half of those students representing elementary schools, 26% from intermediate schools, and a growing share (15%) from preschools.
For several years now, 'Imiloa has been committed to raising private funds and subsidizing round-trip charter bus costs for every Big Island school that applies to visit the center. So far, thanks to the generous support of the community, we have not had to turn away a Big Island school, despite the continuing rise in numbers of field trip requests. In 2016-2017, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to underwrite a total of 117 bus transfers costing almost $50,000! MAHALO!

"Having 'Imiloa provide the transportation made the whole experience possible, for which we are ALL--staff and families alike--very grateful! I hope that you will continue to help make the trip possible for our participants who live so far away."   - Preschool Teacher, Na'alehu 
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help 'Imiloa reach even more Big Island schools this year! Donate online or contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement at 808-932-8921 or
BrentTullySpecial Planetarium Presentation by Dr. Brent Tully

Our Home Laniakea, the Supercluster of Galaxies

Brent Tully & Nawaa Napoleon
Brent Tully (right) with Nawa'a Napoleon who suggested the name "Laniakea"
Galaxies are often described as giant cities, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. While our Milky Way galaxy is massive, it's still a smaller piece of a much grander structure within our universe. Superclusters are super-massive structures within which thousands of galaxies are connected together by gravity. Dr. Brent Tully, astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) helped named the supercluster "Laniakea," which means "immense heavens" in Hawaiian, and is home to our Milky Way galaxy. Join us on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm when Dr. Tully discusses Our Home Laniakea, the Supercluster of Galaxies. Read more >
MKSMaunakea Skies, October 20 at 7 pm
2017 EclipseOctober 's Topic:
The Great American Eclipse of 2017

John Hamilton, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy Dept.
Emily Peavy, 'Imiloa

On August 21, 2017, 215 million people looked up to the sky to watch the moon's shadow cut across the continental United States in the Great American Eclipse. What happens during an eclipse? How often do they occur? When can we expect to experience such an eclipse here in Hawai'i? Learn more about Hawai'i's past and future eclipses at 'Imiloa's Maunakea Skies talk with John Hamilton from UH Hilo's Physics and Astronomy Department on Friday, October 20 at 7:00 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.

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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The Growth and Evolution of Maunakea Volcano: a Geologic Story of Sibling Rivalry

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Tuesday, October 17 from 7 pm to 8 pm at UH Hilo, Science & Technology Building (STB) Room #108.

Is Maunakea the tallest volcano in the world? Or is there another side of the story?
Maunakea taken from ISS
Maunakea, taken from the International Space Station (ISS)
Dr. Ken Hon will unravel what we know about the growth and evolution of the Maunakea volcano and its complicated relationship with its nearby siblings Kohala and Maunaloa.
Dr. Ken Hon, Professor of Geology and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, is an enthusiastic instructor of courses including Physical Geology, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Geology of the Hawaiian Islands, Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology, and Remote Sensing; his research focuses on these same topics.

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

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

October 1 - 31

Saturday Keiki Show
10 am  Molecularium

Friday Evening Planetarium Programming at 7 pm
October 13   Presentation by Dr. Brent Tully
October 20   Maunakea Skies
October 27   Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

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Maunakea Telescopes Continue Cassini's Legacy

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

On September 15th the Cassini spacecraft finished its 20-year mission by plunging into the the atmosphere of Saturn. While Cassini's era of observation and data collection has ended, the work of ground-based observatories, such as NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and Keck Observatory, both on Maunakea, will continue on as we continue to study the data collected during Cassini's tenure. In the picture above we see the aftermath of a massive storm that erupted in Saturn's northern hemisphere in December 2010, which continues to be tracked by researchers, including observations planned using the new high-resolution iSHELL instrument at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility.

Read the press release >
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