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A Touch of Tahiti at ‘Imiloa!

by vrecinto on September 20th, 2014

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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.

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 ‘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

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