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Oct 30 14

Hello Universe

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Next Maunakea Skies Talk November 21, 2014

Speaker: Gordon K. Squires, TMT Communications and Outreach Lead

 Topic: Hello Universe – What Else Do You Have?

Time: Friday November 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium

Recent discoveries with current-generation observatories on Maunakea and in space will be highlighted with a sneak-peak of how the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will advance our understanding of the universe even further. TMT has entered the construction phase in Hawai’i and across the TMT international partnership, with science operations scheduled to begin in the early 2020s. In this talk Squires will provide an update on the current status of TMT, discuss recent advances in Hawai’i and around the world in the construction of TMT, highlight the special nature of the unique partnership between the US, Canada, China, India, Japan and China, and the special location of Maunakea as a nexus for exploring our universe.

Gordon K. Squires is an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, working with the Thirty Meter Telescope, as wellGordon Squires as NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the Herschel Space Observatory, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, NuSTAR, Kepler, WISE, and other space telescopes with Caltech involvement. His research explores the old, cold and distant universe – understanding how galaxies formed billions of years ago the nature of the dark matter and dark energy that fills space.

Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.
The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9703.

Oct 29 14

‘Imiloa Welcomes Esben Borsting

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‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i Names Esben Borsting Administrative Officer

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center announces the appointment of Esben Borsting as the ‘Imiloa Administrative Officer. ‘Imiloa is an informal science center honoring Maunakea by sharing Hawaiian culture and science to inspire exploration.

“I am excited to announce this new appointment,” said Ka‘iu Kimura, Executive Director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, “Esben will oversee all HR and Fiscal operations and will serve as part of ‘Imiloaʻs executive management team.”

Mr. Borsting was raised in Hilo, and is a graduate of Waiakea High School. Prior to coming to ʻImiloa, Borsting served for over seven years within University of Hawaiʻi management at both Kapiʻolani and Windward Community Colleges. He has served on various University of Hawai‘i leadership teams and recently implemented three campus-wide federal projects for the Kapiʻolani campus. Prior to Kapiʻolani, he worked at Kamehameha Schools in its extension education program where he directed a department of 16 to implement education programs across the state and to provide counseling services for scholarship recipients across the nation. At Kamehameha Schools, he also coordinated various agreements with community non-profits and state entities to implement community-based programs funded in part by the Kamehameha Schools.

“It is a great privilege and opportunity for me to bring my collection of experiences and skills to work for ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and to support its educational mission,” said Borsting. He has 12 years of experience in management in higher education, community-based programs and government, and received a Master of Public Administration degree in 2005.

Oct 21 14

‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding Talk: Seeking Samoa

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‘Imiloa Presents Voices From The Wa’a

Seeking Samoa: A Taupou’s Voyage Home
‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding Talk

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center presents the wayfinding talk Seeking Samoa: A Taupou’s Voyage Home on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This program will feature apprentice navigator and Hilo native Celeste Manuia Haʻo, as she recounts the heartbreak and triumph of her epic return to Faleapuna, her village of Samoa, and the stars that led her there. ‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding programs are made possible through the generous title sponsorship from Matson.

When Celeste Haʻo was 17, her Grandfather bestowed the title of “taupou,” the highest title a woman can have in Samoa’s cesi pictraditional society, one who is responsible for looking after the well being of her village. Haʻo recently co-navigated Hōkūleʻa as an apprentice navigator from Aitutaki, Cook Islands to the island of Samoa where her family village of Faleapuna is located. For her, this voyage was of extreme significance as it was a fulfillment of her promise to her grandfather ten years in the making to navigate and return to their islands the way her ancestors once did…“by way of the sea and the stars.” He also required that she share the knowledge that she gained as an apprentice under Pwo navigator Kālepa Baybayan. His hope, as is hers, was that it would inspire his Samoan community to leave their shores once again the way their kupuna did and to bring navigation back to the place where it all began.

This presentation will feature ʻImiloa’s world-class planetarium, as Ha‘o will orient the audience to the night sky seen through her eyes as a Polynesian navigator.

Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o is an education associate and the outreach coordinator for ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i. Ha‘o, born in Keaukaha and raised in Pana‘ewa in Hilo, with her husband are busy raising three young children. As a current student of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, she will graduate next fall with her degree in Culture-Based Astronomy Education, a degree she created to enhance her life and occupational passion and mission of promoting place-based teaching and learning of astronomy and science through a cultural perspective.

‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding programs are made possible through the generous title sponsorship from Matson.

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The program ticketing is $10 for non-members and $8 for members (member level discounts apply.) Tickets may be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone, using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or JCB, by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9700.

Oct 16 14

Retracing Ancestral Connections

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The 2014 ‘Imiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival sponsored by Matson began with a simple story of ‘ohana waʻa, the countless connections created as a result of the 140,000 nautical miles Hōkūleʻa has traveled during 39 years of its lifetime. Celeste Manuia Ha’o, festival director, made reference to the importance of knowing ones own familial connections as she set the day’s theme, “Moananuiākea: Retracing Ancestral Connection” with her inspirational story titled, Seeking Samoa: A Taupou’s Voyage Home.

Celeste was bestowed with the highest title a woman can have in Samoa’s traditional society – a “taupou”- someone responsible for looking after the well being of her village, at the age of 17. A Hilo native and apprentice navigator, Celeste recounted the heartbreak and triumph of her epic return to Faleapuna, her village of Samoa.

From Kaimana Barcarse’s presentation on reconnecting the Hawaiian navigation traditions to the present day mission of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, celebrating through the rhythms and dance of the South Pacific ka moana nui ākea, the vast expansive ocean as the highway that connects us, researching and finding ancestors at the ‘Ohana Discovery Lab hosted by the Hawaii Family History Center, to the final presentation of the crew members aboard the voyage leg from Tahiti to the Cook Islands then to Samoa, each activity resonated this theme of connection.

Over one thousand visitors participated in day’s presentations and activities celebrating the “Spirit of the Sea.” Mahalo to Matson for their title sponsorship of the 2014 ʻImiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival.

Please submit any responses or comments by email to info@imiloahawaii.org

 

View our photo gallery:

Russell Chin, Matson District M‎anager for HI (second from left) presents check for title sponsorship of 'Imiloa's 2014 WNF and Wayfinding Talks to Ka'iu Kimura, ED, 'Imiloa (third from left). Looking on are Celeste Ha'o, 'Imiloa Education Associate and Coordinator of Wayfinding Festival (left), and Norman Piianaia, Retired Matson Captain (right

Russell Chin, Matson District Manager for HI (second from left) presents check for title sponsorship of ‘Imiloa’s 2014 Wayfinding & Navigation Festival and Wayfinding Talks to Ka’iu Kimura, ‘Imiloa Executive Director (third from left). Looking on are Celeste Ha‘o, ‘Imiloa Education Associate and Coordinator of Wayfinding Festival (left), and Norman Piianaia, Retired Matson Captain (right)

Mahalo to Matson for their title sponsorship of the 2014 ʻImiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival and the Wayfinding Talks.

 

Oct 14 14

Cancelled: Decoding the Red Planet

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An artist’s rendition of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is superimposed on the rim of Victoria Crater on the Martian surface. Cornell /JPL/NASA

 

Due to Hurricane Ana, `Imiloa will close at 5pm tonight, Friday, October 17th, 2014.
Maunakea Skies is cancelled and Sky Garden Restaurant will not be open for dinner.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Next Maunakea Skies Talk October 17, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Bo Reipurth, Institute for Astronomy (IfA)

Topic: Mars, the Red Planet, in Culture and Science

Time: Friday October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium

Mars is the planet in our Solar System that is closest in appearance to our Earth. It has a thin atmosphere with clouds, polar ice caps, volcanoes, major dry riverbeds, valleys, and deserts. Its axis is tilted, so it has seasons like here on Earth. These similarities to Earth have caused much speculation about life on Mars, originally inspired by the (erroneous) discovery of canals on Mars, believed to be signs of an advanced civilization that was attempting to survive as their planet dried out. These ideas have inspired many novels, movies, and radio programs, the most famous was Orson Welles 1938 broadcast “The War of the Worlds,” which caused widespread panic.

Modern studies of Mars have been helped by a large number of satellites put into orbit around the planet, as well as several rovers, some of which are at the moment driving around on the Martian surface, providing amazingly detailed photos of the landscapes of Mars.

“All these studies indicate that Mars was warmer and wetter in a distant past, likely with shallow oceans covering part of the surface. This has led to renewed discussion of the possibility that microbial life could have formed in the past and survived in subsurface layers,” states Dr. Reipurth.

Now, present and future space missions are charged with finding out if life still exists on Mars. Future studies will be discussed, including plans for sending men to Mars within a few decades. This talk will summarize the changing views of Mars from antiquity to the present day, and will be illustrated with many of the stunning images brought back from the missions to Mars.

As a small child, one of Bo Reipurth’s first astronomical experiences was looking at the craters of the Moon and the rings of Saturn through the telescope at a public observatory in his native Copenhagen. After that experience, he never doubted that he would become an astronomer.Bo_MK

Reipurth received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 1981. After several years there as a postdoctoral researcher, he worked as a staff astronomer with the European Southern Observatory in Chile for 11 years. He then spent four years at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy(CASA) of the University of Colorado as a research professor. He joined the IfA in Honolulu in 2001 and moved to the Hilo office in 2004.

Reipurth is the coauthor (with frequent collaborator John Bally) of “The Birth of Stars and Planets.” Published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press, it contains many beautiful color pictures of sites of star birth and text that is very accessible to nonscientists. He is also a member of the UH NASA Astrobiology Institute Lead Team, a cross-disciplinary group that is studying the relationship of water in the Universe to the development of life.

Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.
The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9703.

Sep 20 14

A Touch of Tahiti at ‘Imiloa!

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A Touch of Tahiti
Demonstrations and Performance at ‘Imiloa!

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center presents Tahitian Week Tuesday, September 23 – Friday, September 26, 2014. Learn about the art of Tahitian drum making, dance, music and costume making through free demonstrations in the ‘Imiloa atrium from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (see schedule). Enjoy the Tahitian troupe’s show under the stars in the Planetarium on Friday evening, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are $12 for general admission and $8 for members.

‘Imiloa presents this special week in collaboration with Michael Spaulding, president of Poe O Hawai‘i and Corey Sibayan, raatira pupu (kumu) of Te Mau Aito O Hiro. Poe O Hawai‘i provides education and economic development opportunities for Hawai‘i’s people through art and culture.

Schedule:
9/23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Tahitian Drums – Various stages of how they are carved and played (FREE)
9/24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Tahitian Music – The rhythms and sounds of Tahitian music with instruments such as the tairi pahu, banjo (Tahitian ukulele), guitar and Hawaiian ukulele (FREE)
9/25, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Tahitian Dance – Basic fundamentals of a dance made to entice (FREE)
9/26, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Tahitian Costumes – How they are made and the materials used to make them (FREE)
7:00 pm: Live Performance in Planetarium (tickets $12 general admission, $8 for members).Seats are limited and can be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at www.imiloahawaii.org. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org.

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Sep 10 14

Black Holes: Monsters of the Universe

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Next Maunakea Skies Talk September 19, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Bower, Academica Sinica Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA)

Topic: Black Holes: Monsters of the Universe

Time: Friday September 19 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium

Massive black holes are thought to be located at the centers of all galaxies. With masses up to a billion times that of the Sun, these compact objects are efficient and powerful sources of energy, governing the formation of stars and the growth of galaxy clusters throughout the history of the Universe. At the same time, black holes provide a unique laboratory for exploring extreme gravity and testing the theory of General Relativity. Dr. Bower will provide a tour from the most distant and most powerful black holes to the starved black hole haunting the Milky Way.

Dr. Geoffrey Bower is Chief Scientist for Hawaii Operations for the Academica Sinica Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA). Dr. Bower studies black holes and IMG_0659other energetic phenomena using radio telescopes, including the Submillimeter Array on Maunakea, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile. A graduate of Princeton University and UC Berkeley, Dr. Bower has previously performed his research and taught at the Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie in Germany, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, and UC Berkeley.

Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.

The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9703.

Aug 27 14

Museums Month 2014

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Museum Month 2014

September marks the eighth year Hawaii Island museums are collaborating to open their doors to other museums’ members.

“Celebrating Museums Month” is designed to cross-promote these important local institutions.

During the month of September, each Big Isle museum will provide free admission to the members of other participating institutions when a current museum membership card is shown.

Some institutions also will be offering discounts on store items or tours to these members.

This month-long celebration of museums provides local residents with a low-cost opportunity to explore and experience the rich resources of Hawaii found in museums, from zoos and gardens to history and science centers.

The 12 institutions in East and West Hawaii collectively represent the major informal education resources on Hawaii Island. Memberships help support the nonprofit organizations and further their educational missions.

The public is invited to purchase membership at participating institutions and take advantage of this month-long program.

Museum members will have an opportunity to spend September exploring and discovering the wonders and treasures of museums they might not yet have experienced, or might not have visited in a long time.

Celebrating Museums Month free admission and benefits apply to museum members with a current membership card and proper ID.

Contact individual museums for more information or click here for a list of participating museums, benefits offered and their operating hours.

SEPTEMBER: CELEBRATE MUSEUMS MONTH!
Museums Month benefits apply to members of any institution listed below, with a current membership card. Free admission applies to the current member with proper ID.

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens – Free admission and 10% discount on all plant sales. Guided tours daily at 1 P.M. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Mondays and holidays. (808) 323-3318. www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell

Anna Ranch Heritage Center – Free admission. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. with tours of the Historic Home at 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. Reservations are required for Historic Home Tour. (808) 885-4426. www.annaranch.org

Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center – Free admission. Hours: Daily 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Closed Sundays. Space-themed exhibits and interactive displays especially for children. (808) 329-3441. www.hawaiimuseums.org/mc/ishawaii_astronaut.htm

Hawai`i Museum of Contemporary Art- Free entrance. 5% discount on art sales and museum shop. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 4 P.M., Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Closed Sunday and Monday. Check website: www.ehcc.org for current shows, classes, and events. For more information call (808) 961-5711 or email admin@ehcc.org.

Hulihe`e Palace – Free Admission to members (card needs to be presented), no discount in store. Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; (808) 329-1877; Gift Shop Hours Monday-Saturday 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; (808) 329-9555. Closed Sundays and holidays. www.daughtersofhawaii.org

`Imiloa Astronomy Center – Free admission. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Sky Garden Restaurant at `Imiloa open 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. with dinner Thursday through Sunday nights 5 to 8:30 P.M. (808) 969-9703. Check website for special events. www.imiloahawaii.org

Kona Historical Society – Free admission. Kona Coffee Living History Farm: Monday-Friday, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. H.N. Greenwell Store Museum: Monday & Thursday 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. (808) 323-3222. www.konahistorical.org

Lyman Museum and Mission House – Free admission. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. 10% discount in Museum Shop. Special exhibit: A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading included in admission. (808) 935-5021. www.lymanmuseum.org

Mokupapapa Discovery Center – No admission charge, but museum members from participating museums can receive posters, map and coloring sheets available while supplies last; free group education/outreach activities available with reservation, link http://www.tinyurl.com/mdcbooking, Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (808)933-8180 or visit papahanaumokuakea.gov

Pacific Tsunami Museum – Free admission, no discount in store. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (808) 935-0926. www.tsunami.org

The Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens – No admission charge, but museum members from participating museums will receive a special gift at the Zoo Gift Shop! Hours: Daily, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (808) 959-9233. www.hilozoo.com

Volcano Art Center – Free admission. Museum members from participating museums receive a free poster at VAC’s gallery. Park entrance fees apply. Hours: Daily, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (808) 767-7565. www.volcanoartcenter.org

Aug 12 14

The Little Telescope that Could

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Next Maunakea Skies Talk August 15, 2014

Speaker: Michael Connelley, Support Astronomer at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF)

Topic:  The Little Telescope that Could: Supporting NASA’s Planetary Exploration for 35 Years.

Time: Friday August 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium

Have you ever wondered what astronomers really see when using a telescope? Join support Astronomer Michael Connelley for ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s next Maunakea Skies Talk on Friday, August 15, at 7 p.m. as we eavesdrop on live observations at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF).

The IRTF has been supporting NASA’s planetary exploration missions with ground-based observations for 35 years.

This talk will discuss the science done at the IRTF with an emphasis on observations within the Solar System. Infrared observations, while very powerful, present many challenges. Connelley will address those challenges and how they are overcome by the way the telescope was built, as well as how the instruments are used and designed. Finally, weather permitting the audience will remotely eavesdrop on observations being conducted at the IRTF with a live feed directly to the ‘Imiloa planetarium. See what it’s like to use a world class observatory, learn how the astronomers conduct the observations, and watch the data being taken in real time.

Michael Connelley is a Staff Astronomer with the NASA Infrared Telescope, a hotwheels_4156 crop3-meter infrared telescope on Maunakea. He grew up on O‘ahu, where he started in amateur astronomy in 8th grade. While in high school, he became interested in building telescopes, which continues to be a passion for him. After earning a degree in physics from Santa Clara University, he returned to Hawai‘i for graduate school in astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. In 2007, after having researched the formation and evolution of young binary stars, Connelley received his Ph.D in astronomy, and continued this research at NASA Ames Research Center for 3 years. In 2010, he was hired into his current position, where his responsibilities include supporting visiting observers, improving the image quality of the telescope, assisting instrument development efforts, and continuing his research into young stars. He has remained an avid amateur astronomer and telescope builder; at any given moment he has at least one telescope in construction. On moonless Saturday nights, he can be often found at the Onizuka Visitor Information Center with his homemade telescope. While he has long been interested in photography, he has recently started to try his hand at astrophotography

Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.

The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9703.

 

Jul 31 14

‘Imiloa After Dark: Kanani Enos

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Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Nominee Kanani Enos

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Nominated for Nā Hōkū Hanohano’s 2014 Most Promising Artist of the Year Award, Kanani Enos is a rising star who will be featured with her band and dancers in a live performance in ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Planetarium on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Born and raised in Ho ̒okena, South Kona, Kanani Enos grew up around music and dance all of her life. She hails from a talented family of musicians; her father was a slack key guitarist and her grandmother, Myra Koai Enos was a well-known performer. Although Enos never actually knew her grandmother (she passed away before she was born), many say she sounds a lot like her. Enos’ childhood was rich with Hawaiian music and she started dancing hula from the time she was five-years-old. As a young student of Aunty Mahealani Perez (a student of Uncle George Na ̒ope), she continued dancing hula through her teens with different Kona-based kumu hula such as Sheraine Kamakau, Ulalia Berman and Keoni Atkinson. She went on to dance for the Lim Family and competed in the Merrie Monarch competition at age thirteen.

Enos attended Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama campus on O ̒ahu, and that is where her love for singing grew. Her experiences singing in the Concert Glee Club and studying the Hawaiian language opened her heart to haku mele (songwriting), and it is from these experiences, combined with her first return home from school, that she wrote and composed the mele that is now the title track of her debut CD, Aloha I Ho ̒okena. A multi-talented performer who is a dancer, singer, musician and composer, Enos feels her strengths lie in writing and composing music.

Today Enos strives to find balance in juggling her music career and family, as she kanani and two soulsraises three young children. She released her debut album Aloha I Ho ̒okena in October of 2013 with the help of well-known musician Bulla Kailiwai; who is the main musician on her CD; Uncle Sonny Lim, who recorded the album; and her cousin Jeremiah Augustine, who mastered it. The album features eleven songs, eight of which are originals and honors her home and the people of Ho ̒okena and Kealia.

‘Imiloa After Dark enjoys spotlighting local artists from Hawai‘i Island and is proud to have Kanani Enos perform “under the stars” in the Planetarium. Tickets for this event are $20 for general admission and $15 for members. Seats are limited and can be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours.  Tickets are non-refundable.

‘IMILOA AFTER DARK is ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s evening social entertainment series featuring an eclectic array of events. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at www.imiloahawaii.org. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘I is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org.