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Sep 17 18

Maunakea Skies Astronomy Talk Series – A Journey Through Time

by Imiloa Astronomy Center



A Journey Through Time – Friday, September 21 at 7pm

Astronomy is often thought of as a time machine: as we look farther and farther back in the universe, we are looking further and further back in time, seeing how things looked sometimes billions of years ago. In this edition, we will follow time in a different way, with a three-part presentation: by keiki astronomers, to young adults, to a “seasoned” astronomer.

The evening will begin with an exploration of the August/September sky, as seen by future scientists and engineers – the keiki who participated in Camp Laniakea. The keiki will share what they saw, and what they learned, about the objects in the late summer sky, including the sun, the moon, and other solar system destinations. The second part of the evening will showcase insights from TMT’s Akamai interns, participants in a local program dedicated to advancing Hawai‘i college students into science and technology careers. Finally, Dr. Gordon K. Squires, senior astronomer with TMT, will look again at the objects discussed by the Camp Laniakea explorers and the Akamai interns, revealing some of the very latest discoveries enabled by Maunakea observatories and NASA space telescopes. We’ll look at the Moon and the Sun in a whole new way. The quest for water, and the potential for life around Saturn and Jupiter, and elsewhere in our solar system will be considered. The latest images from NASA’s Cassini, Dawn, Jupiter and New Horizons missions, among others, will frame our exploration.

Dr. Squires will also give a short update on the TMT project.

Tickets: $10 ($8 for Members)

Only at ʻImiloa

Sep 14 18

CRISPR Systems: Nature’s Toolkit for Genome Editing

by Imiloa Astronomy Center


Monday, September 17 at 7pm at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Professor Doudna presents the breakthrough technology that has redefined the possibilities for human and non-human applications of gene editing, including accelerating the development of new genetic surgeries to cure disease, ways to care for the environment, and nutritious foods for a growing global population challenged by climate change. She has been at the forefront of the global debate on the use of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology, and has advocated for a temporary moratorium on its use on human embryos before its safety is proven and its consequences fully understood.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sep 7 18

ʻImiloa is Hiring!

by Imiloa Astronomy Center


Imiloa Position

‘Imiloa is launching a search for a new Director of Institutional Advancement to succeed Margaret Shiba, who will retire once a successor is in place. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining the ‘Imiloa team in this senior position, please use the job description link below. The Director of Institutional Advancement will be employed through the UH Foundation and will lead ‘Imiloa’s fundraising efforts, including the corporate membership program.

Margaret joined the UH Hilo development team in 2004 just as ‘Imiloa was beginning construction on our facility, and she’s worked alongside us in various capacities for the past 14 years. While she looks forward to spending more time traveling and visiting family/friends outside Hawai‘i, she has pledged to help us with this transition and to maintain her support for ‘Imiloa into the future.

Visit the UH Foundation employment opportunities page here –

Aug 31 18

September 2018 Sky Chart

by Imiloa Astronomy Center


Aug 22 18

Hurricane Closure Notice

by Imiloa Astronomy Center



Aloha Kākou,
Due to uncertain hazardous weather conditions from Hurricane Lane, Imiloa Astronomy Center will be closed on Saturday, Aug 25.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and continued support.
Mahalo and Stay Safe,
Imiloa Admin and Staff
Aug 21 18

ʻOhiʻa Love Fest – POSTPONED!

by Imiloa Astronomy Center

Postponed due to Hurricane Lane! Working on a reschedule date and will let everyone know as soon as we have it! Stay safe!

Aug 21 18


by Imiloa Astronomy Center


Gannenmono has been canceled due to Hurricane Lane and is in process of being rescheduled. Please check back for new date announcement and stay safe!

Jul 31 18

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Ranger Visit at ʻImiloa

by Imiloa Astronomy Center


A Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ranger will be giving updates on the current eruption, including presentation on volcano geology, rock, ash and Pele’s hair.
Come talk story and get all the latest eruption news.
Ranger presentation is included in the price of regular admission.

Jul 20 18

Making the Future Cooler for You at ‘Imiloa!

by Imiloa Astronomy Center


In the coming weeks, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will be undergoing major air-conditioning renovations to help keep you cool during your visit. During this time, certain services will be temporarily closed. Kindly note the following dates and respective facilities that will be available while the air-conditioning work is in progress. Please check ‘Imiloa’s website for up-to-date information on the dates of operation.

We look forward to cooler days with you! Mahalo Nui Loa for your understanding and patience!

‘Imiloa Admin and Staff

Jul 18 18

Helping Future Astronomers Reach for the Stars

by Imiloa Astronomy Center

Paul Coleman Photo

Helping Future Astronomers Reach for the Stars

Paul H.I. Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Astronomy Established

Roberta and Newton Chu have donated $35,000 to establish an endowed scholarship to honor Dr. Paul H. I. Coleman for his contributions to the astronomy field. Coleman, the first Native Hawaiian with a doctorate in physics, spent 16 years with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA), where he was instrumental in its education and outreach efforts. Newton Chu said, “Roberta and I are honored to establish this endowed scholarship in the name of an inspirational Hawaiian astrophysicist, Dr. Paul H.I. Coleman. Paul served as a role model for many young people, including our son, who have chosen the path of studying the heavens to seek answers to some of humankind’s most complicated questions.” Chu continued, “Unfortunately, Paul was taken from us too soon. It is our hope that this scholarship will help spawn more explorers like Paul. May this scholarship assist students at both UH Mānoa and UH Hilo study astronomy and navigate the heavens to find the answers that we seek.”

“The quest for knowledge is humankind’s noblest endeavor, and we hope that this scholarship will serve to enable Hawai‘i’s children to continue this quest for generations to come,” added Roberta Chu. “Mahalo to D. Dianne Bowen-Coleman and daughters Catherine Hali`amemaheaikekai Bowen Coleman and Elizabeth Noheahinali`imauliola Bowen Coleman for allowing us to dedicate this scholarship in his honor.”

The son of William and Pearl Coleman, Paul H. I. Coleman graduated from St. Louis School, earned his BS in Physics at the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. He spent nearly a decade in the Netherlands, where he worked on describing the large scale structure of the universe using the mathematical language of fractals, as well as on software projects for radio astronomy. He returned to the United States to teach at New Mexico Tech, Yale University, and the University of Puerto Rico. In 2002 he returned home to Hawai`i and joined the IfA team.

Dedicated to sharing the importance of astronomy to Hawai‘i, Coleman was a strong advocate for increasing Hawaiian participation in the sciences and worked tirelessly to bridge the astronomy and Hawaiian communities. For nearly a decade he led the IfA National Science Foundation funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates. This highly competitive program brings a dozen undergraduates from around the country to conduct research with IfA astronomers during the summer. Coleman’s friends remember him as a supportive mentor to many, and as a special man who was proud to carry on the legacy of Hawaiians who studied the stars.

Some of his roles at ʻImiloa included:
• content advisory to ʻImiloa exhibits/programs
• co-creator of new Hawaiian lexicon to support our fully bilingual exhibits
• providing expertise in programs and outreach for ʻImiloa
• mentor to undergraduate and graduate students through ʻImiloa partnerships
• advocate for hawaiian/local student participation in STEM, and in particular, in astronomy
• advocate for indigenous and scientific collaborations local, national, and international
• co-presenter with ʻImiloa Navigator-in-Residence, Kālepa Baybayan.  Paul Coleman was a “astronomer-in-residence” to ʻImiloa
If you would like to make a gift in Dr. Coleman’s memory, please visit or contact Carla Kuo, Associate Director of Development – Hawai‘i Island at (808) 932-7696 or